The healing effect of words has long been recognized by humanity. Reading and expressive writing are utilized as additional treatments to people who are experiencing mental or emotional distress, a method Anthony Hyland is familiar with.
One form of expressive arts therapy is Poetry Therapy, which involves the use of poems, narratives, and other spoken or written media in a therapeutic manner to promote healing and overall well-being. This concept is adapted by Anthony Hyland, a poet, author, speaker, and entrepreneur who uses poetry as a means to release stress.
Life is never easy, and Anthony Hyland is a living testament to this sentiment as he sought out to combat the trials and tribulations in his life. He spent the first five years of his life not having a permanent place to stay in as he bounced through different foster homes. Aside from being homeless, he was also a victim of sexual assault, which in turn made him harbor a lot of suppressed anger. During these difficult times, he turned to poetry as his comfort zone and solace.
Turning that pain into rigorous passion, he graduated with flying colors as the valedictorian in his high school. He was granted a full four-year scholarship at Voorhees College, where he proceeded to take up a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. He also got a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Business School Online for Entrepreneurship Essentials.
While at Voorhees College, Anthony hit the ground running by becoming the Freshman Class president and then, Third Vice President of the local NAACP chapter in his sophomore year. Anthony sought to establish a continued legacy of greatness by serving as President of the Eta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated during his junior and senior years.
During his spare time, he immerses himself in writing different prose and poetry pieces. He discovered that he has a flair for writing and decided to author a book called The Purpose of Power. Currently, he is stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife Natasha, and his two kids, Caleb and Natalie. He is working there as a United States Naval Sailor as he serves his peers in the capacity of a Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class.
Although his life may seem like a typical rags-to-success story and appear to be going well, he encountered another battle that was waging in his mind, depression. In December 2009, depression almost got him as he tried to take his life through suicide. But God had other plans for him and gave him a second chance at life. It was during this time that he decided not to waste his talents and give back to other people.
He dived into the world of public speaking and has been a professional public speaker for six years and counting. He seeks to empower and uplift his peers and the younger generation. He has also engaged in many conferences, seminars, and workshops as a notable keynote speaker. This experience also led him to explore spoken word poetry to appeal to the young masses.
Anthony hopes to inspire others to continue striving for their goals, no matter how hard life may be through his poetry and speaking engagements. Check out his official TikTok account, where he continues to share this spark of hope by imparting knowledgeable insights and words of empowerment.