Aaron Counts

Aaron Counts

Youth Poet Laureate Mentor, co-founder of Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program

Aaron has written and read with professors, prisoners, dropouts and scholars. He is the co-author of Reclaiming Black Manhood and the lead artist with King County’s Creative Alternatives Program, which uses art to reduce the number of kids locked away in detention. His first publication appeared on a Kenmore refrigerator on 7th St. in Yakima, and he has recently appeared in Specter MagazineBestiaryAldebaran Review and Rufous City Review. In 2015, he and WITS Writer Matt Gano co-founded the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program with Seattle Arts & Lectures. His latest book of poetry, Strange-tongued Names, was published in fall 2017 by Backbone Press.