Acolyte Zro

Project Manager, Consultant, and Artist in Atlanta, Georgia

Acolyte Zro

Project Manager, Consultant, and Artist in Atlanta, Georgia

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Acolyte Zro (‘Zero’ or ‘Zay’ to his friends), also known as Ronald Alexander Quarles III, was born in Jacksonville, FL and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He has resided in Atlanta, GA for well over a decade. Called to write at an early age, he has always enjoyed reading and the use of words. He learned to read before he could speak, patiently educated by his grandmother who liked to read classic novels, the bible, children’s stories, and to recite fables, folklore and history.

Z was raised by a single mother, and was her only child. In elementary school, he attended both rough schools wrought with drug deals and socio-economic challenges, and schools in an Italian suburbia, wrought with racism and educators that did not have his interests or well-being in heart. It was determined that he was already capable of reading and writing at a collegiate level before finishing elementary school.

In middle school, his mother struggled to get him into a program in which he could flourish after recognizing that he was a gifted thinker, and after submitting a packet for review for entry, in which he was asked questions such as ‘how many times has your heart beat?’, he was welcomed into Middle Years Alternative for the Humanities, where his love for reading, writing, thinking and music grew exponentially. One of his poems even alludes to making his 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Halpern, giggle. Consequently, his love for other aspects of school diminished gradually, as did his grades, a trend that followed him through life.

Moving to many places along the east coast growing up, he had been to at least ten different schools before he graduated high school with marginal—very marginal—grades but powerful test scores. Fluctuating in and out of multiple colleges, he began performing spoken word poetry and hip-hop while upholding the student’s lifestyle.

He became a assistant editor for Atlanta Metropolitan College’s student newspaper, had performed at more than 100 locations and events, including the Alliance Theater, several major Atlanta Colleges, Apache Café, Acoustix Jazz Lounge, Southern Fried Poetry Slam, etc. He also received a scholarship in Physics, though he majored in speech, journalism and public relations. He decided to drop out of school his senior year, after a feeling a prolonged spiritual tug to follow a truer calling in life. He is among the few who have attended any college in his family of veterans, who descended from sharecroppers, nomads, musicians, lore keepers.