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by NICOLE RUPERSBURG for Creative Exchange Powered by Springboard for the Arts Poet and community organizer Y-O left her native Macon, Georgia to attend Georgia College in 1991. It was here that she "officially" became a poet, writing her first poem at the age of 17. From there, it was a fast progression from Georgia College to performing live at the iconic Apollo Theatre in Harlem, where she performed at amateur nights in 1996 and '97 and won twice. During that time she also lived in Atlanta