“There is a poet in everyone, you just have to take the time and pull it out.”
-Naima Marshall, Poetic Justice Graduate
Sacrificial Poets is a community of diverse poets who seek to use art as an element of agency in their lives. We do not empower people. Rather, together we seek to create spaces where people from all walks of life can come and empower themselves through their own voice and their own story.
the Youth Team
Standing a staggering 6 feet tall, Aaron Kreizman enjoys laughter, playing tennis, and pretending to be a super hero. However his first love, poetry, happily costumes most of his time. Born and raised in the bull city, Durham north Carolina, he is a recent graduate of Jordan high school and will be attending UNC-Asheville in the fall where he plans to study sociology and stand atop mountains and talk to forest creatures. He dances awkwardly, but with passion, and lives life the same way.
Ashley Harris is from Manassas, Virginia, and is the first sacrificial poet out of state. She attends The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Chemistry major with a Spanish minor. Just finishing her first year at Carolina, she has finished both semesters on the dean’s list and received the Johnston Scholarship when applying to UNC. Her passion for poetry originates from her own personal healing. She wishes to continue slam poetry because it is freeing to her, and she wishes to let people know that no one is alone in their situation.
William Stewart is a native to Durham, North Carolina, and is a new sacrificial poet. He recently graduated high school at Jordan High and will be starting college at North Carolina State University in the fall. He enjoys theater as well as music, and plays guitar, bass, and sings. He enjoys long walks on the beach and holding hands, and also enjoys reading. Music and poetry are his two passions, and he hopes to pursue them for the rest of his life.
Jasmine Farmer is 18 years old and lives in Carrboro, NC. She recently graduated from Carrboro High School. She has been working with two youth radio programs this year, Fusion Youth Radio, or FYR, and WUNC. She enjoys radio work and journalism.
Julia McKeown is an 18 year old poet from Chapel Hill, NC. She has been a member of the Sacrificial Poets slam team for two years now and says she enjoys every minute of it. This past year she was the president of the Chapel Hill High School poetry club, which came in.third place at Word Rivalry. In her spare, non-poetry time, Julia enjoys singing, reading and playing badminton. Unlike many of her fellow youths she despises carbonated beverages and coffee.This young poet used to live in Africa and plans to do as much world traveling as possible. When asked how she would describe her experience in spoken word she said, “I’m not just a person anymore I’m a poet.
Elliot Darrow is a rising sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill. When he’s not completely revolutionizing the English language through a series of mispronounced words and new grammar tenses, he can be found writing, singing, acting, sleeping, and shenaniganning. Elliot is a Drama/Music double major, meaning that he will probably end up waiting tables for the rest of his life. Elliot’s other hobbies include listening to music, speaking other languages, getting lost in his own home town and procrastinating. His favorite quote comes from professional NBA player, Sir Dr. Prof. Will McInerney Esq. Squire M.D: “That was a joke.” On occasion, Elliot fails to complete certain