Storytelling

Mollie is a poet, most often found on slam stages in the Twin Cities, but occasionally at tournaments such as the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. They are a member of the poetry team Witch Sirens. They represented the University of Minnesota at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2013 and 2014 as a member of the team USlam. They are the oldest of three sisters, and just trying to be a good role model. 

A graduate of Macalester College and the Clarion writing workshop, Gabriela Santiago is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has been published in Lightspeed Magazine's People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!, Nightmare Magazine's People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror!, Betwixt, Black Candies, and States of Terror. Her fiction has also appeared on the GlitterShip podcast.

Ifrah Mansour is an internationally recognized Somali multidisciplinary artist and educator, interweaving text, movement, digital media, and sound. Her self-produced original show "How to Have Fun in A Civil War" played to full houses in 2016 and was remounted in 2017. She has performed at Intermedia Arts, the Children's Theater Company, Red Eye, the Minnesota State Fair, and Patrick's Cabaret, among others, and has become known for her uniquely humorous approach to exploring trauma.

Kafiya is a local activist, organizer and general troublemaker. She enjoys the parts of Minneapolis that haven't been gentrified yet and reading whatever she can get her hands on.

Elliot is a musician before he’s a comedian, and a comedian before he’s a person. Currently he’s enrolled as a 3rd year student at a prestigious two year college. He’ll graduate in the spring with a degree that will help him cope with being an adult. His future plans include traveling until he his purpose in life.

Jamez Smith is a poet with decades of material sitting around gathering dust. The collection of journals just keeps growing and growing. He needs help.

Luz Cruz's work is multidisciplinary; they are a tap dancer, and artist and a writer. Their current work examines generational differences between the upbringing of their ancestors, traditions they have learned and uphold and that of the world they reside in. They center their work around their experiences as a trans person of color, many of their pieces of work are part of a larger show they are currently working on.

Yoni is a Nepalese American writer, choreographer and multimedia artist whose work explores trauma, transnationality, and publics. A student of Steve Paxton, Ralph Lemon and Jennifor Monson, she is best known for her installation work with the Soap Factory and Northern Spark, as well as her collaborations with the Minneapolis queer underground.

 

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.

Loren Niemi has not forgotten that he first performed at Patrick’s Cabaret in 1996 and is glad to have not worn out my welcome for the peculiar philosophically and emotionally nuanced tales that he favors. Contact him - 651-271-6349 / niemistory@aol.com

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