Meet Our Artists

 

Hailing from the Mesabi Iron Range, Rae is a queer, nerdy poet currently spoiling the good name of the Twin Cities.  Hecklers are encouraged.

Lucas Scheelk is a white, autistic, trans, queer-identified poet from the Twin Cities. Lucas uses they/them/their pronouns. They are the author of This Is A Clothespin(Damaged Goods Press, 2016), and Holmes Is A Person As Is (self-published, 2016). Lucas was one of the recipients of the VSA MN Emerging Artist grant in 2016, and they were one of the 24 poets chosen for the Saint Paul Almanac IMPRESSIONS Project in 2017. Lucas can be found on facebook (lucasscheelk), instagram (lucasscheelk), and on twitter (TC221Bee).

Michael Merriam is a blind storyteller and author who has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, StoryFest Minnesota, Story SlamMN! and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio and has published 8 books and over 80 short stories. Visit his website at michaelmerriam.com

Actor/writer Amy Salloway is the creator of the award-winning, autobiographical touring solo plays "Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?,"  “So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!,” and “Circumference,” as well as the two-person show “Entwined”.  Amy has contributed stories to MPR's "In the Loop," CBC radio's "Definitely Not The Opera", and the national podcast "Risk!"  She teaches memoir, creative writing and storytelling through Minneapolis Community Ed and The Story Studio, and performs regularly at The Mot

Dylan Fresco is a theater artist and musician who works as a writer, performer, producer, and educator with a diverse array of arts and community partners. Projects take him from performance stages to school classrooms, from community centers to neighborhood sidewalks. In his work, he invites connections between people and communities through story, music, poetry and movement.

Anna Kunin is a theater artist and educator with deep roots in Theater/Pedagogy of the Oppressed and physical approaches to devised performance. Anna’s artistic process sparks in the space between rigorous play and conceptual fervor, creating performances that challenge, connect and incite.

Alison Bergblom Johnson writes creative nonfiction and tells stories. She focuses on neglected personal stories about the past that intersect with the present. The stories she tells aren’t supposed to be talked about - they are often considered “too personal.” Her work connects to larger political movements: particularly women’s and disability rights.

Peter Foster is a life-long resident of the Twin Cities with 32 years professional experience in marketing and communications including writing, editing, graphic design and media relations for the American Heart Association, and National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match. His current volunteer work includes serving on the Longfellow Community Council Environment committee, Transition Longfellow steering committee, and Patrick’s Cabaret board of directors.
 

Vickijoan Keck is a flamboyant storyteller, actress and poet who especially enjoys telling folktales and whimsical rhymes by the likes of Edward Lear, A.A. Milne and Ogden Nash. She enjoys telling personal stories as well as putting a new twist on an old tale. She got involved in storytelling in the mid 1990’s and has been involved since then, telling her stories at places like the MIA and Flint Hills children’s festival, libraries, coffee shops, Patricks Cabaret and other venues.  By day she runs Ivy Arts Copy & Print in the Seward Neighborhood.

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