Meet Our Artists

Symbolizm (Elizabeth Mathers-Meeks) is a know-it-all poet with a BA in BS. Empathetic AF. Cat lover and flower whisperer. Madly in love with conspiracy theories. Loves reflective surfaces. Recommends Marilyn Chin and Pablo Neruda. "It would be funny if life wasn't so sacred." - Andre Delambre, The Fly (1958)

E.J. Schoenborn (they/them/theirs) is a queer and non-binary performance poet originally from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, who considers St. Paul, MN, a safer home. They have been featured in the NY Literary Magazine, Rising Phoenix Review, and the Runestone Literary Journal. They relate too much to possums and raccoons, and use lipstick for eye shadow often.

Jasper Hardin is a poet of many identities who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  They started by writing their own children’s books in kindergarten and it gradually became poetry. They've performed at a variety of slams and open mics in the twin cities. They spend some of their time writing, reading comics, and holding any dog that lets them. Their favorite things to write about are personal experiences and fictional characters.  Jasper uses poetry as a vehicle to have conversations that they feel are important.  They're glad you're here to listen.

Jay Owen Eisenberg is a queer & transgender actor, writer, and illustrator based in Minneapolis by way of New York City. In the Twin Cities, Jay is a frequent collaborator with Mixed Blood Theatre, where he serves on the Board of the Directors and works as an actor and transgender community organizer. He is currently a Teaching Artist in Residence at the Guthrie Theater, and a guest Teaching Artist with Children's Theater Company and Pillsbury House + Theatre.

Wendy Brown-Báez is a writer, teacher, performance poet and installation artist. Wendy's poetry and prose appear widely in literary journals and anthologies, such as Borderlands, The Litchfield Review, Lavandería, Mizna, Minnetonka Review, The Chrysalis Reader, Wising Up Press,The Feminine Collective and Talking Writing and forthcoming in Water~Stone Review and Peregrine Journal. She has also published two books of poetry. She has performed nationally and in Mexico, in cafes, cabarets, bars, galleries, and bookstores, and curated multi-media exhibitions.

Sonic Rain is a singer-songwriter, emcee and beat producer from the Twin Cities. In early year 2000 she was a part of a spoken word collective Free.Inspiring.Rising.Element (F.I.R.E). F.I.R.E was the first active Asian performance poetry collective of its kind in the Twin Cities. They were made up of activists, emcees, playwrights, musicians and dancers. After F.I.R.E Sonic Rain continues to be involved in the Hmong community through Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (C.H.A.T) I.C.E open mic’s and became the main MC for 5 years.

Nicole M. Smith is an artist based in community/community-based artist, through her work, she explores the integration of community, leadership, the arts, social change, and justice. She has used this approach also when working in arts administration; from her role(s) as Teen Programs Coordinator at Children's Theatre Company, to Artistic Associate at Pillsbury House + Theatre, Nicole navigates community building/engagement by observing what's been established and finding point of entry based on interest.

I'm a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised in the Twin Cities. My music is universal which deals with topics such as love, acceptance and confidence. I performed at the Twin Cities PRIDE festival 5 years in a row. I try to create music that everyone can relate to. Gay or straight.

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