Ashley Cornelius is a nationally recognized poet. Her poetry reflects her intersectionality as a black woman. She is the gold winner of the Colorado Springs Independent Best of Artist Category, 2019. She competed at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2018. She has been featured at TEDx Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, the Colorado Springs Women's March, and the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Ashley is the co-director of Poetry 719, a poetry group lifting the voices of marginalized communities and BIPOC folks through poetry. Ashley is a therapist and believes poetry is a powerful modality for healing.