Assétou Xango

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Assétou Xango

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Assétou Xango is a poet and community activist born and raised in Colorado. She's been performing poetry since 2009, was featured on HBO's Brave New Voices in 2010, and is a two-time TEDxMileHigh Speaker. She has represented Denver in competitions across the nation. In 2016, she was published in Santa Fe University of Art and Design's literary journal entitled Glyph. Xango was the Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado (2017-2019) and Lighthouse's Poetry Out Loud coordinator. In all of her work, Xango is dedicated to the visibility and rights of women and gender non-conforming people of color and promoting the use of storytelling to dismantle binaries and divisions.