Poetry / Spoken Word

Wolf 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.

Vanessa Taylor is a co-founder of the seminal youth-led organization, Black Liberation Project (BLP), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is interested in using a multi-disciplinary approach to social justice from on-the-ground activism to exploring accessible ways to educate communities with writing to make sense of it all. She is a free-lance writer and poet whose work focuses on exploring Black womanhood and Muslim identity, making attempts to conceive planes for a Black future. Her activism and writing has been featured in AJ+, Elle, Nylon, Racked, and many others.

Atlese Robinson is a writer, performer, and improv lighting designer. Atlese began writing poetry at the age of 11 and has always loved to read. Raised by her African American, Chicago-bred parents in Saint Paul, MN, Atlese’s creative works are inspired by her familial history. Atlese is a firm believer that the human spirit is shown at its most glorious during communal storytelling.

Christy Marie Kent is a writer, storyteller, and math geek living in the Twin Cities area with her husband, two sons, and a cat who begs to a warmer climate. Born and raised in the south, she now lives in Minnesota, where she tells stories about the south to anyone who will listen. She enjoys writing and storytelling because she gets to be creative and make stuff up—something that they frown on her doing in her day job in insurance statistics and calculating indicated rate levels.

All day, Maitreyi Ray has been thinking about you. She writes about death, intimacy, and vulnerability through her experiences as a queer woman of color and immigrant. Please talk to her.

Mina Hollander was born in the summerlands but is colder than a Dutch Wife. She is black or blue or black and blue or pure chocolate and innocently horny. She writes and reads things no one else can see. On the off chance that you recognize her, you may still be asleep. (Did you know hares are solitary animals? Whereas rabbits live in big family warrens.) Mina Hollander is crepuscular & herbivorous, a prey quite afraid of apex predators like you.

Destiny Anderson's stage name is Yoni Light. Pronouns (She/Her) is a 19 year old performing artist originally from Saint Paul, MN. Yoni is a multi-disciplinary artist that not only dabbles in dance but in music and spoken word as well. She has attended SPCPA, Perpich Center for Arts Education and is currently studying at High School for Recording Arts. In 2015 She was given a full-ride scholarship to the TU Dance Center in Saint Paul. Tu Dance was founded by Uri Sands and Toni Pierce Sands (Two former Alvin Ailey Dancers).

Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe is a queer mama, auntie, poet, performer and filmmaker.

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)

Jasper Hardin is a poet of many identities who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They've performed at a variety of slams and open mics in the twin cities. They are currently working on a manuscript. 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. They aspire to be the trans and autistic voice they needed as a child. Jasper uses poetry as a vehicle for conversations they feel are important. They're glad you're here to listen.

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