Wolf Valencia has been a writer since age 12. They started with fictional short stories and had a 7th grade teacher who hyped their work heavy. At that same time, Wolf delved deeper into religion because they were living with a devout Baptist aunt who made attending church an almost daily requirement. It was there that they began writing [God] poetry. It wasn't until Wolf was 17 and began learning how to be a filmmaker that they found the courage and desire to perform work they'd written.
Stephani Maari Booker of Minneapolis, MN, works on the page and on the stage with her multiple marginalized identities: African American, lesbian, lower-class, nerdy and sexy. Her science fiction has been published in Aphelion Webzine, The Future of Us: An Anthology and Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s). She also has nonfiction, erotic fiction and poetry in many other publications.
Khary Jackson is a poet, playwright, dancer and musician. He is an alumnus of Cave Canem, the esteemed writing fellowship for black writers. He has written 12 plays, one of which (Water) was produced in 2009 at Ink and Pulp Theatre in Chicago. He has been a recipient of several grants, including the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Writing, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s 2012 Cultural Community Partnership Grant and 2010 Artist Initiative Grant for Poetry, as well as the 2009 VERVE Spoken Word Grant from Intermedia Arts.
The performer known as Ondine boasts a great many accomplishments on stage and screen. They've performed in at least 2 1/2 church plays, read the lunch menu over the intercom one time in high school, and captivated audiences of more than four on Lake Street by pretending to be a statue. Their Vine video "BEY-VIBES #LetEmRip" boasts 13.7 million loops and has garnered such praise as "lol" and "same" from critics. In their spare time, Ondine enjoys making erotic statues out of gummy bears and pressuring Tomi Lahren to apologize for being white.
Amanda Costner is a solo comedic musician who hails from Oklahoma and bases out of the Twin Cities. Amanda has performed at Second City, Brave New Workshop, Looney Bin Comedy Club and bars & theaters throughout the Midwest. Her comedic songs range from acoustic pop ballads about being a gay preacher’s daughter, to soul-comedy pieces on the war of sexual frustration. Pulling her electric guitar out to showcase jazzy humorous tunes & bluesy songs about being poor, Amanda takes listeners on a laughter-filled ride of eclectic music stylings.
Ray Macairan is a twin cities artist, teacher and playwright. She is tisay and a second generation immigrant to the United States. This year she is working with Pangea World Theater as a part of their Arts Organizing Institute. This year she participated in Lightning Rod at Patrick’s Cabaret, X-treme Theater Smackdown with Theater Unbound, and the One Minute Play Festival.
hi im facialgod. im 17, nonbinary, and autistic. when im not facialgod im just olive and thats okay too. i love loving others. thats just how i spend my time when im not choking on school work or drowning in commissions. I like being warm and damp and i pee myself less frequently than last year but still pretty frequently. ive been in art shows before and im not sure ill ever be proud of myself. enjoy yourself.