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Project Empowerment is excited to present to you Brooke Axtell. Brooke is a singer, songwriter and poet from Austin, Texas. She is the winner of the Phyllis Smart Young Prize for Poetry. The winning selections: "kore of the incantation" "Frida" and "border girls" are included in her new book Kore of the Incantation. Her last book of poetry, daughter of the burning, was nominated for The Violet Crown Award by the Writer's League of Texas. She won "Best Traditional Ballad of the Year" from KOOP Radio, Austin (91.7 FM) and first place for her short story "Maya's Mirror" in the Young Texas Writer's Awards. Brooke has performed in countless venues with artists such as English pop star Dido and internationally recognized drummer, Terry Bozzio (of Frank Zappa). She collaborated with producers Stephen Bruton (guitarist for Bonnie Raitt), Charlie Sexton (guitarist for Bob Dylan) and Mitch Watkins (guitarist for Leonard Cohen and Lyle Lovett). Over the course of her career, she has released three collections of poetry and three CDs of original music. Brooke is a passionate advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She works with Women's and Children's Alliance and Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States. She is also a member of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and regularly gives interviews on top 40 radio stations. Her work has been featured (or is forthcoming) on Pacifica Radio, New York (99.5 FM), CBS Radio, FOX News and in many publications including, The San Francisco Chronicle. For more information on her work please visit http://www.brookeaxtell.com/index.html.
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