Brooke Axtell is a singer, songwriter and poet from Austin, Texas. She is the winner of the Phyllis Smart Young Prize for Poetry given by the University of Wisconsin (Madison). 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), Mitch Watkins (guitarist for Leonard Cohen and Lyle Lovett) and released her CD, Creatrix, to critical acclaim
Brooke is a passionate advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is member of the Speaker's Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States. Brooke is also the Creator of SHE: Survivor Healing and Empowerment, a healing community for survivors of rape, abuse and sex-trafficking, as well as their allies.
She is a contributing writer for Forbes focused on women's rights and leadership. Her work has been featured in many media outlets including Fox News, Pacifica Radio (New York), CBS Radio, ABC Radio, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and The San Francisco Chronicle.