Aaron Counts reads with Laija Farr

Reading: 7-8pm on Thursday, July 23
Location: The New Foundation Seattle
Admission: Free
Please note that space is limited. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Writer and educator Aaron Counts will present a commissioned response to the new body of work Mark Mitchell is developing at the Foundation. Aaron will be joined by special guest Leija Farr who will read a selection of recent poems.

Aaron Counts understands the transformative power of art. He has written and read with professors, prisoners, dropouts, and scholars. He is the lead engagement artist for 4Culture’s Creative Justice pilot program, artist-in-residence with Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program, co-author of the non-fiction text Reclaiming Black Manhood, and a long-time lecturer on the subject of race and social justice. His writing has recently appeared in Specter Magazine, Bestiary, Aldebaran Review, and Rufous City Review, though his first publication was on an old Kenmore refrigerator on 7th Street in Yakima. Aaron holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia.

Leija Farr is a junior at Cleveland High School and was recently named Seattle’s first ever Youth Poet Laureate! Since winning the prestigious title, Leija has shared her justice-oriented writing at venues around the city and is working to develop a manuscript that will be published by Penmanship Books. Seattle Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of Urban Word NYC and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program (SAL/WITS) with support from Northwest Folklife, Penmanship Books, and the Academy of American Poets.

READ >> Riding with Death/Burial Poems Aaron Counts’ response to the body of work Mark Mitchell began developing while in residence at the Foundation.

PHOTOS LEFT TO RIGHT: Portrait of Aaron Counts. © Aaron Counts, Photo by Robin Force Counts. Photo of Leija Farr. Photo credit: Libby Lewis.