Sophie Mateja (she/her) is a poet, editor, climate activist and high school student. Her work has been praised by critics for its “evocative language and deep insight,” taking first prize at numerous local competitions in the past two years. She was declared a finalist in the Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s ekphrastic poetry contest and was published in Inlandia’s Volume X Spring issue. Her work has also been published frequently in the Half Moon Bay Review and other anthologies including AIPF’s di-vêrsé-city. In addition to writing, she enjoys playing orchestral classical music as the principal violinist of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony. A coastside resident, Sophie works as a volunteer staffer on political campaigns and is one of the 27 appointed Youth Commissioners of the County of San Mateo.
Watch Sophie read her ecopoem, “Coming Home,” at “The Future of Women’s History,” a panel discussion presented by the Commission on the Status of Women as part of Women’s History Month 2021 (18:16).