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Assetou Xango is a poet and community activist born and raised in Colorado. She has been performing poetry since 2009. She was featured on HBO's Brave New Voices in 2010 and is a two-time TEDxMileHigh Speaker. She has represented Denver, CO in competitions across the nation. In 2016, she was published in Santa Fe University of Art and Design's literary journal entitled "Glyph". Xango is currently the Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado (2017-2019). In all of her art forms, she is committed to the visibility and rights of women and gender non-conforming people of color.