Poetry / Spoken Word

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 is an MC, Producer, Spoken Word Poet, and Social Justice Educator. His work explores identity, culture, social justice, mythology, science fiction, spirituality, and the paranormal. Find SEE MORE in a cypher or a seance, pushing conversations about equity in a board room, singing for strangers in a living room, or sharing culture, tradition, and craft in a classroom. Learn more at www.seemoreperspective.com

As an improvisational artist, Queen Drea uses the energy of each night to give her set life, creating a special bond with each new audience.

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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