Through powerful, inspirational presentations, Brooke addresses human trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence. As a writer, survivor speaker and performing artist, she passionately shares her vision of healing and hope.


57th Annual Grammy Awards

United Nations

South by Southwest (Austin)

National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children Gala (Hyatt, Austin)

Safe Place Celebration (Hyatt, Austin)

Victim Right’s Caucus with 
Congressman Ted Poe (Houston)

The University of Texas

The University of Arizona

Traffick 911 “Voices of Innocence”
(Long Center, Austin)

National Sexual Assault
Conference (Chicago)

Amplify Austin for National Center
for Missing & Exploited Children
(Google, Austin)

Travis County Police Department 

Summit Series in Eden




“An emotional, poignant speech from domestic violence activist Brooke Axtell. 

Axtell shared her story in a room-silencing spoken word piece.”

Rolling Stone 

 Brooke Axtell captivated audiences watching the Grammy Awards on Sunday with a stirring spoken-word piece.”

L.A. Times

“Brooke Axtell spoke movingly.”

New York Times 

“Brooke Axtell … storms the Grammys”

Washington Post 

“For the most part, the Grammys are all about celebrating the biggest stars in music, but every once in a while, a star is born at the awards show. That was the case Sunday at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Brooke Axtell appeared onstage to give a spoken-word performance about the need to end sexual and domestic violence. The powerful Grammy moment had fans wanting to know more about the inspirational woman.”

International Business Times  

“The most captivating performer at the Grammys.”

CS Monitor 

“Extremely powerful.” 




 “Brooke Axtell’s Grammys Speech Is Stunning! Needs to be heard again. It would be shocking to find anyone in the audience who wasn’t overcome with goose bumps following Axtell’s words. And it would be shocking to find anyone who doesn’t want to hear more from Axtell.”


 “Brooke Axtell may not be famous, but she was dubbed ‘the best thing about the Grammys’ following her impassioned speech about bringing an end to domestic violence.” 

The Mirror 

 “The Most Important Performance of the Grammys”


“A powerful voice.”

Austin-American Statesman 

“…one of the country’s leading experts and advocates for survivors of sexual assault.”

Dr. Kathryn Stamoulis, Psychology Today


“…an inspirational poet, author and activist… I learned so much from talking with this amazing survivor and artist about how being in touch with our creative soul can help victims of trafficking begin to heal from trauma.”

Barbara Amaya, The Washington Times


“Poet and songwriter Brooke Axtell told her story with clarity and grace. It was important to hear it.”

Michael Barnes, Austin American-Statesman


“Brooke is a multi-talented, inspiring and impressive woman. A rising star.”

Dr. Debra Condren, National Bestselling Author of Ambition is Not a Dirty Word


“Brooke held the attention of a ballroom filled with potential donors, long time supporters, and dedicated advocates at the SafePlace fundraiser in Austin. Her story was tough, powerful and yet hopeful.  Her warrior poet voice rings true.  Attendees are still talking about it.”

Julia Spann, Executive Director Safe Place