Freeman works all over the dining hall, serving burgers and fries to weary underclassmen.

But odds are you didn’t know you were also meeting Ernest the poet, born and raised in Chapel Hill.

He is a man of many talents, both in the kitchen and with a pen.

“I do a little bit of everything — grill, diner, chophouse, beverages — whatever they need me to do,” Freeman said.

Freeman has been writing poetry since he was five years old.

“I’m just a writer,” he said. “I can’t draw because I never learned how to draw, but I’ve always learned how to write.”

Freeman said he would never forget winning a writing competition in sixth grade.

“My sixth grade teacher always told me never to stop what I was doing,” he said.

And he never has.

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