Poetry / Spoken Word

Julia Gay is an actor, dancer, poet, playwright, and teaching artist. She completed her B.A. at Macalester College, studying American Studies, Urban Studies, and Theatre. She is in her third season as a dancer with Minneapolis based professional dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT). Julia is the recipient of The Playwrights' Center's 2017-18 Many Voices Mentorship and was one of five artists awarded the 2016-17 Creative Changemakers Apprenticeship by The DIAL Group.

Ellis Perez is a gender non-conforming, queer poet and performer based out of Minneapolis. They have been featured in shows produced by the Err Collective and Slap Happy Studios. Their work is vulnerable and aches like a fresh bruise.

Mimi Solis is a hip hop artist and dancer who grew up on the West Side of St Paul. she is a performer with New Black City. With her disciplined dance background and use of hip hop as activism, Solis’s craft is one that makes her stand out as a promising up and coming artist in the Twin Cities.

is a multidisciplinary performing artist based in Minneapolis that centers afrofdiasporic expression. Within the past two years, this artist has worked and performed for Amnesty International, So Far Sounds, First Avenue, Intermedia Arts, Patrick's Cabaret, 20% Theater, Button Poetry, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Five Watt, The Loft Literary Center, The Illusion Theater, The Cedar Cultural Center, MNKino Film Score Fest, and so on.

I come from Malmiñañ, a Bàsàa land in southern Cameroon. In this place where all the stories are told, I am Sandjock Likinè, a Bog ArtiVist collecting and recounting stories from oral tradition or language conversation. Bog means to fix what has been disturbed. An ArtiVist uses arts for activism. This social 'me' Sandjock Likinè promotes and protects culture with language. She differs from the personal 'I' Veronica Quillien, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota specializing in the re/making of culture.

Teighlor is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. They are a spoken word poet who has performed in a number of slams. Their work focuses on experiences revolving around the intersections of race, class, gender and disability. The are currently pursuing their bachelors degree in Women’s Studies and English at St. Catherine University. 

Beverly Cottman, a multidisciplinary artist creating at the intersection of literary, visual, and performance art. She writes poetry, creates collage art works from found objects, tells African and African American folktales as Auntie Beverly, and in all things celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the African Diaspora.

Ashawnti Sakina Ford is an actress, teaching artist, improviser, poet and playwright in the Twin Cities. Her work focuses on social justice and arts accessibility. She has been seen across Twin Cities stages performing with companies such as the History Theatre, Full Circle Theatre and Sandbox Theatre. She hopes to inspire youth of color to become artists and art patrons to ensure a future of a culturally diverse artistic community.  

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 A CRACK IN THE SKY @ History Theatre FEB 2018 

THE IMAGINARY INVALID w/ Combustible Company MARCH 2018 

marcie rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation. Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) is currently available. She is an author and sometimes a performance artist. She is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Rendon’s play Bring the Children Home at 4 venues in 2015-16, and the co-curator for Raving Native Date Nights in 2017.

 

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