Storytelling

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.

Vie Boheme was born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis.  She is a former dance artist with TU Dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, a founding member of The August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and a soul, funk, jazz vocalist, poet, choreographer, performance artist and vinyasa yoga instructor. Over the course of her career she has performed the works of Kyle Abraham, Camille A. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Uri Sands, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Sidra Bell. Her latest single 'Take Cover' is available for purchase and live streaming on iTunes, Amazon.com and Spotify.

House of Larva was founded in 2014 at Beloit College, WI by drag ogress-- Cicada L'Amour-- and her parasitic lover--Enfanga Sphynx. The Co-Operative provided platforms for drag, dance and performance art at Beloit college from 2014-16 through our cabarets, including Carnal Instinct: Dinner for One and Slut Shaman.

Starri enjoys creating altars and performing genderqueer sex magick performance art with other earth worshipping weirdo super heroes. Starri is a founding mother of the Psycick Slutz (who first performed at Patrick's Cabaret in 1992), the Hard Times Cafe, and Gaia Democratic School. Starri can can also be found at the Altar to the Dead at Barebones Production's annual Halloween show and hanging out downtown with 5to10onHennepin and MadeHereMN.

Bollywood Dance Scene is a volunteer-led non-profit that celebrates cultural diversity and social harmony through dance. They are the creators of the best-selling Fringe Festival shows of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Their 2015 dance drama, Spicy Masala Chai, broke records to become the highest selling show in the 22-year history of the MN Fringe Festival and the highest selling Fringe show in US!

Peuo Tuy is a Cambodian American spoken word poet, a fiction writer, and a poetry workshop leader. Her poetry book, Khmer Girl (2014), talks about a young Khmer girl/woman struggling to find self-love while challenging societal norms. Her poems has appeared in Art Papers Magazine (2016) and in video projects curated by 30ToLifeProductions and The New School called, “Futurographies.” She was part of Urbintel's Inc. “HerStory” spoken word tour (2005 - 2006). She recently completed the “Art of Healing” (2016) and “Khmer Girl East Coast Tour” book tours (2016).

Nimo H. Farah is an artist and activist that uses language to express things she finds too confusing. Her current undertaking is to develop her skills as an orator while blending Somali and English. She thinks herself charming and hilarious in the Somali language, but rarely does that humor translate into English. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Water-Stone Review, the Saint Paul Almanac, and the Loft Inroads chapter book. As a storyteller she has shared her words at the Black Dog Café, the Loft, and Pillsbury House.

Katherine Glover is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and performer. She's always had a knack for organization and time-management -- her mother will tell you she was the only sixth grader in history to request filing cabinets as a birthday present -- and she has honed these skills during her twenty years as a freelance writer and artist.

Halee Kirkwood is a queer writer of anishinaabe descent who has been attempting their whole life to perfect the art of the side-hustle.

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