Poetry / Spoken Word

Lula Saleh is an Ethiopian-Eritrean American Muslim, multidisciplinary performance artist, writer, poet, singer-songwriter, journalist, organizer and Empath. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and living in both Ethiopia and the UK as a child, she identifies as a third culture kid. Lula is a NEXUS Music Artist and an Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) Fellow. She writes and sings at the intersections of her multiethnic, transnational diaspora identity.

Nsasi Vence Guerra (Sandra Santiago Pickett) is a second-generation Puerto Rican woman born and bred in Chicago, Illinois. Sandra is a poet, healer, and educator. In 2006, Sandra co-wrote her first production, "Brown Girls Singing," with her sister Dr. Yolanda Nieves. Since then, Sandra has performed with Vida Bella Ensemble, Teatro Luna, The Green House Theater, and Mixed Blood Theater.

Nimo H. Farah is an artist and activist that uses language to express things she finds too confusing. Her current undertaking is to develop her skills as an orator while blending Somali and English. She thinks herself charming and hilarious in the Somali language, but rarely does that humor translate into English. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Water-Stone Review, the Saint Paul Almanac, and the Loft Inroads chapter book. As a storyteller she has shared her words at the Black Dog Café, the Loft, and Pillsbury House.

Katherine Glover is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and performer. She's always had a knack for organization and time-management -- her mother will tell you she was the only sixth grader in history to request filing cabinets as a birthday present -- and she has honed these skills during her twenty years as a freelance writer and artist.

Halee Kirkwood is a queer writer of anishinaabe descent who has been attempting their whole life to perfect the art of the side-hustle.

Bernard is a Bahamian native still trying to survive the Minnesota winters. He enjoys devoting his time to writing and performing, as well as volunteering at local poetry slams. He's the producer for the Minnesota local SPEAK Poetry Slam show, competed in the College Union's Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016 to represent the University of Minnesota, placed 6th at the Great Plains Poetry Pile Up in November, and has work featured and upcoming on Button Poetry. 

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a Queer, Black, Transracial Adoptee poet and arts based community organizer. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, has received a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship and is a current graduate fellow at the University of St. Thomas in English Literature. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices Magazine, On the Commons Magazine and in Burn Something zine and Ellen Hinchcliffe's recent collection Walk Towards It.

Kenny Ngo is a queer Vietnamese-American writer and performer.  He represented Hamline at CUPSI (College Union Poetry Slam Invitationals), and at the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read.  Being the youngest son of immigrant parents, he first picked up a pen at age one and started writing by age three.  As a writer, he blends together the essay and poetry in works that deal with heritage, self-love, and the value of emotional honesty.  He enjoys walks in the forest and cuddling with his two dogs, Cloud and Cash.  

A.P. is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Minneapolis, MN. Their performance work has been performed as a part of 20% Theatre Company’s Naked I and Q-Stage, at Queertopia, Patrick’s Cabaret, Bryant Lake Bowl, and Madame. In addition to performance, A.P. works with photography, poetry, non-fiction based narrative and sometimes dance. A.P. believes their artistic process is sort of like a spiritual science, and remains curious and open to its outcomes. 

 

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