Youth Poet Laureate Mentor, co-founder of Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program
Poet and fiction writer Aaron Counts is the co-executive director and education programs manager of Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration for youth in King County. His is the author of the poetry collection Strange-tongued Names and co-author of the empowerment curriculum, Reclaiming Black Manhood. His poetry and prose have appeared in print and online, including Lit Hub, Specter Magazine, Bestiary, Aldebaran Review, Rufous City Review, and the audio literary series The Furnace and In the Distance. His first publication, however, was on his mother’s old Kenmore refrigerator on 7th Street in Yakima, Washington. He earned his MFA from the University of British Columbia.