Poetry / Spoken Word

Keno Evol is a six year educator having taught at nineteen institutions across the state of Minnesota. Evol Teaches Black Voices at Washburn offered through TruArtSpeaks a course centered on providing MPLS students an opportunity to engage with black literature, theory and the craft of poetry. TruArtSpeaks is a non profit in St Paul, dedicating to cultivating literacy, leadership and social justice through the study and application of spoken word and Hip Hop culture. He currently is an editor at The Loft Literary Center Manuscript Critique Services.

Jen Wang is a first-generation Taiwanese American and Twin Cities-based mess of teeth and spit.  She is currently a teaching artist with Upstream Arts.

Zerbine Atosha: I was born in Congo DR but my bloodline starts in Rwanda. My family and I came to the U.S. when I was 9. I've always been an advocate for empowering individuals through education because I believe that education can help bring awareness to a lot of issues we face in society. Therefore, I want to be a literature teacher because I believe that being a teacher is a form of social justice. One of my hobbies is performing spoken word poetry because it allows me to express myself.

Genesia Williams was born in Chicago at Cook County Hospital, sometime in the last part of the 1980s. She would have stayed there —redlining and decades-old inequities be damned— if her parents hadn't decided to make the great migration to the mid-sized city of Minneapolis. Genesia is a writer, a graphic designer, student at the school of hard knocks, a godmother,  a daughter, a sister, an auntie, and a lover of art.

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