Poetry / Spoken Word

Laura Cannata is a seminary student who writes poetry and short stories in her free time. She is active in disability rights specifically and human rights in general.

 

Tu the Judoka is a Judoka Poet born in San Jose, California and currently living in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with honors in 2015, where he majored in English and Asian-American Studies, and a minor in Dutch Cultural Studies.

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.

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