Poetry / Spoken Word

Mina Hollander was born in the summerlands but is colder than a Dutch Wife. She is black or blue or black and blue or pure chocolate and innocently horny. She writes and reads things no one else can see. On the off chance that you recognize her, you may still be asleep. (Did you know hares are solitary animals? Whereas rabbits live in big family warrens.) Mina Hollander is crepuscular & herbivorous, a prey quite afraid of apex predators like you.

Destiny Anderson's stage name is Yoni Light. Pronouns (She/Her) is a 19 year old performing artist originally from Saint Paul, MN. Yoni is a multi-disciplinary artist that not only dabbles in dance but in music and spoken word as well. She has attended SPCPA, Perpich Center for Arts Education and is currently studying at High School for Recording Arts. In 2015 She was given a full-ride scholarship to the TU Dance Center in Saint Paul. Tu Dance was founded by Uri Sands and Toni Pierce Sands (Two former Alvin Ailey Dancers).

Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe is a queer mama, auntie, poet, performer and filmmaker.

Symbolizm (Elizabeth Mathers-Meeks) is a know-it-all poet with a BA in BS. Empathetic AF. Cat lover and flower whisperer. Madly in love with conspiracy theories. Loves reflective surfaces. Recommends Marilyn Chin and Pablo Neruda. "It would be funny if life wasn't so sacred." - Andre Delambre, The Fly (1958)

Jasper Hardin is a poet of many identities who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They've performed at a variety of slams and open mics in the twin cities. They are currently working on a manuscript. They spend some of their time writing, reading comics, and holding any dog that lets them. Their favorite things to write about are personal experiences and fictional characters. They aspire to be the trans and autistic voice they needed as a child. Jasper uses poetry as a vehicle for conversations they feel are important. They're glad you're here to listen.

Wendy Brown-Báez is a writer, teacher, performance poet and installation artist. Wendy's poetry and prose appear widely in literary journals and anthologies, such as Borderlands, The Litchfield Review, Lavandería, Mizna, Minnetonka Review, The Chrysalis Reader, Wising Up Press,The Feminine Collective and Talking Writing and forthcoming in Water~Stone Review and Peregrine Journal. She has also published two books of poetry. She has performed nationally and in Mexico, in cafes, cabarets, bars, galleries, and bookstores, and curated multi-media exhibitions.

Nicole M. Smith is an artist based in community/community-based artist, through her work, she explores the integration of community, leadership, the arts, social change, and justice. She has used this approach also when working in arts administration; from her role(s) as Teen Programs Coordinator at Children's Theatre Company, to Artistic Associate at Pillsbury House + Theatre, Nicole navigates community building/engagement by observing what's been established and finding point of entry based on interest.

Vie Boheme was born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis.  She is a former dance artist with TU Dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and a soul, funk, jazz vocalist, poet, choreographer, performance artist and vinyasa yoga instructor. Over the course of her career she has performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. Her latest single 'Take Cover' is available for purchase and live streaming on iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify.

Starri enjoys creating altars and performing genderqueer sex magick performance art with other earth worshipping weirdo super heroes. Starri is a founding mother of the Psycick Slutz (who first performed at Patrick's Cabaret in 1992), the Hard Times Cafe, and Gaia Democratic School. Starri can can also be found at the Altar to the Dead at Barebones Production's annual Halloween show and hanging out downtown with 5to10onHennepin and MadeHereMN.

Peuo Tuy is a Cambodian American spoken word poet, a fiction writer, and a poetry workshop leader. Her poetry book, Khmer Girl (2014), talks about a young Khmer girl/woman struggling to find self-love while challenging societal norms. Her poems has appeared in Art Papers Magazine (2016) and in video projects curated by 30ToLifeProductions and The New School called, “Futurographies.” She was part of Urbintel's Inc. “HerStory” spoken word tour (2005 - 2006). She recently completed the “Art of Healing” (2016) and “Khmer Girl East Coast Tour” book tours (2016).

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