Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore is a poet, educator and organizer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, Xero grew up involved in a love affair with language that has never lost its spark. When early fatherhood forced him out of school and into the workforce after his second year of college, he continued to fervently read and educate himself. He also never stopped writing and performing.
From 2004 to 2006 he served as Artistic Director of the non-profit theater-based youth organization, City at Peace-Baton Rouge. He is one of the primary organizers of a weekly open-mic and poetry slam, The Eclectic Truth and has represented Baton Rouge at the National Poetry Slam since 2000, serving both a coach and team member. He has been ranked twice among the top five slam poets in the United States through that competition. He has facilitated writing workshops for youth and adults in Louisiana and throughout the country over the past seven years. You can find his work published in the anthology, Spoken Word Revolution Redux by Sourcebooks mediaFusion.
Currently, Xero teaches poetry to teens in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas through the WordPlay Teen Writing Project. At WordPlay he serves as Program Manager and Writer-Mentor. He is also semi-dilligently working on a one-man show entitled Openings.