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Austin Monroe's Top Five 

Austin Monroe is a graduating senior from Porter Ridge High School who helped found the youth spoken-word group known as Native Tongues and carries award-winning slam poetry under his belt.

1) Hangouts: "I like to chill anywhere in NoDa really. The art and culture attract me. It makes me feel creative and insightful ... or Fuel Pizza over in Plaza Midwood. The food's good."

2) Books: "Probably Native Son by Richard Wright. I'm the kind of dork who read that even though it wasn't school-required material. I just love the way it examines man-made institutions like race."

3) Music: "There's a lot of different music that fits different situations. I have 'St. Simon' by The Shins on repeat [on my iPod], along with 'The Mask' by the Fugees, 'Little Wings' by Jimi Hendrix, and 'Sunday After You' by Kenna. Stuff that's calm or encouraging. That's what music should be about, right?"

4) Shops: "I like Niche in Southend. It just fits me and that's a beautiful thing."

5) Smoothie Flavors: "Eh, anything with strawberries. I'm a strawberry kinda guy."

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