Poetry / Spoken Word

Bruce Ario began writing when his recovery began after taking an incomplete degree in law school and a period of homelessness. He began as a poet, moved into playwriting, and settled in as a novelist.

 

Hailing from the Mesabi Iron Range, Rae is a queer, nerdy poet currently spoiling the good name of the Twin Cities.  Hecklers are encouraged.

Lucas Scheelk is a white, autistic, trans, queer-identified poet from the Twin Cities. Lucas uses they/them/their pronouns. They are the author of This Is A Clothespin(Damaged Goods Press, 2016), and Holmes Is A Person As Is (self-published, 2016). Lucas was one of the recipients of the VSA MN Emerging Artist grant in 2016, and they were one of the 24 poets chosen for the Saint Paul Almanac IMPRESSIONS Project in 2017. Lucas can be found on facebook (lucasscheelk), instagram (lucasscheelk), and on twitter (TC221Bee).

 

Ollie Schminkey is a white, non-binary transgender poet/musician/artist. They facilitate, direct, and host many organizations, including a queer open mic called OUTspoken! and a weekly writing workshop called Well-Placed Commas. They have also represented the Twin Cities in numerous national poetry competitions, and they have authored one chapbook, The Taste of Iron. You can find them touring nationally or in the We Will Be Shelter, Drunk in a Midninght Choir, and 20% Theater Co's The Naked I.

As a Twin Cities based poet, TV/radio personality, actress, entrepreneur, creative consultant and community organizer, Brittany “Miss Brit” Lynch is truly limitless. Working interdependently between media, art, curation and social justice, she has emerged as a tastemaker for the local entertainment scene.

Cetanzi - Nicholas “Nick” Metcalf, MSW, is a long-time community activist who has worked, lived, and loved in the Twin Cities community for over 20 years. Nick is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, where they grew up. Nick attended the University of South Dakota for their Bachelors in Science (Math/Psychology), attended Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork for a certificate in Massage Therapy, and received their MSW in Family Therapy at Augsburg College.

Saymoukda Vongsay is a Lao American poet, playwright, and cultural producer. Her writings can be found in the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and The Asian American Literary Review. Her plays have been presented by Mu Performing Arts, Lazy Hmong Woman Productions, Theater Unbound, and the Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists. The critically acclaimed KUNG FU ZOMBIES VS CANNIBALS was named "Best Production of 2013" (L’Etoile Magazine).

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE has been described as a “Chicago Institution”, “Walking creativity” and “The hardest working, most unjustly slept on artist in the Twin Cities”....This award winning hip hopper is a Twin Cities Native, Chicago transplant, MC, Poet, Producer, Engineer, Educator, Visual Artist, Actor, Thinker, Lover and one hell of a cook. He also received a 2013 VERVE Grant from Intermedia Arts, was a semi-finalist of the Saint Paul Challenge for the Million dollar idea to make Saint Paul Great, and has received a 2016 Cedar Commission (formerly the 416 commission).

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