Poetry / Spoken Word

Vanessa Taylor is a community organizer and writer based in Minneapolis, MN. They are a co-founder of the Black Liberation Project, a grassroots collective of Black youth. Along with their organizing, they are a freelancer who has written for the Fader, Racked, and Elite Daily, amongst others. Their work focuses on exploring Black Muslim identity and Black womanhood. 

Atlese Robinson is a writer, performer, and improv lighting designer. Atlese began writing poetry at the age of 11 and has always loved to read. Raised by her African American, Chicago-bred parents in Saint Paul, MN, Atlese’s creative works are inspired by her familial history. Atlese is a firm believer that the human spirit is shown at its most glorious during communal storytelling.

Christy Marie Kent is a writer, storyteller, and math geek living in the Twin Cities area with her husband, two sons, and a cat who begs to a warmer climate. Born and raised in the south, she now lives in Minnesota, where she tells stories about the south to anyone who will listen. She enjoys writing and storytelling because she gets to be creative and make stuff up—something that they frown on her doing in her day job in insurance statistics and calculating indicated rate levels.

All day, Maitreyi Ray has been thinking about you. She writes about death, intimacy, and vulnerability through her experiences as a queer woman of color and immigrant. Please talk to her.

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.

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