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Because she promised her students she’d never make them doing something she wouldn’t do, Nikkita Oliver performed for the first time at the 2012 Seattle Poetry Slam. And she won. Oliver talks about taking risks as a black, mixed, queer woman, using her background as an attorney to help young, marginalized people understand the judicial system. In 2015 she won the Artist Human Rights Leader Award from the City of Seattle and appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. And now she’s running for Seattle mayor as part of the People’s Party.

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