Poetry / Spoken Word

Kevin Lanier Moore aka Kaoz is a native Clevelander and an award winning writer, actor, spoken word artist and educator. He began his artistic career appearing in countless plays, community theater projects, independent films and writing competitions. As grand poetry slam champion of his city, Kaoz represented Cleveland at the National Slam competitions two years in a row. 

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.

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