Hannah Drake offers a powerful, inspirational message that has been heard in various arenas around the world. Hannah has performed her poetry at the Legendary Showtime at the Apollo and has had the distinguished privilege of opening for author and motivational speaker, Iyanla Vanzant, political and social justice activist, Angela Davis and National Book Award Winner and world renowned poet, Nikki Finney. In 2016, Hannah’s poem Spaces was featured in the Courier Journal and shared at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize conference in Princeton, New Jersey. She is frequently asked to speak throughout the country, offering an inspiring, poetic message of hope and deliverance believing that her words will ultimately be used for true transformation. In 2014, she joined Roots and Wings, a dynamic group of artists that seek to bring social change within their community. In 2015 and 2016, Hannah Drake, along with the members of Roots and Wings were able to perform their written plays, The West End Poetry Opera and The Blood Always Returns, at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Hannah Drake was a guest poet at the Festival of Faiths offering poetry on social justice, believing that communication is truly the beginning of change. Her powerful, honest delivery has garnered her the nickname, "Brimstone".
Hannah is the author of several works of poetry, Hannah‘s Plea-Poetry for the Soul, Anticipation, Life Lived In Color, In Spite of My Chains, For Such A Time As This and So Many Things I Want to Tell You-Life Lessons for the Journey. Her debut novel Views from the Back Pew was received with stellar reviews and was performed on stage to a sold out audience. Her follow-up novel, Fragile Destiny has been hailed as life changing. Currently Hannah is working on a new collection of poetry and life lessons, entitled Love, Revolution and Lemonade.
Hannah was blessed to have her poem entitled #Formation go viral, having been shared over 20,000 times on Facebook and countless other times on Twitter and Instagram. #Formation has been shared all over the world-as close as down the block to London, Haiti, Cape Town and Ghana. In the Summer of 2016 Hannah Drake had the opportunity to travel to Dakar, Senegal, with Roots and Wings beginning her career as an international artist. “I have never felt at home until I placed my feet on African soil. It was there that I breathed in my life, my words, my love, my legacy.”
“I am honored, blessed and humbled that I have been given this opportunity. My life has taken me on a series of journeys, paths I never thought that I would walk and roads I never should have traveled but in all pain, there is purpose. The Bible says all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose-this is my purpose and this is good. There are many layers to who I am as a person, as an author and as a performer. All of it is reflected within the pages of my books and when I stand behind a microphone. I do not make any apologies for writing it the way I feel it, the way I see it, the way I experience it. This is simply my voice and I have been called for such a time as this. Hannah Drake is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Hannah Drake is the proud parent of one daughter Brianna Alysse.
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