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).
Renée Copeland is co-founder of the dance/performance-art duo Hiponymous, a collaborator in the hip-hop based dance collective, BRKFST, and a proud member of Ananya Dance Theatre, where she performs, studies and teaches the contemporary Indian dance form, Yorchha and its intersection with social justice issues. She is also a poet, musician and singer-songwriter. She aims to create art that exposes and heals, relating to the legacies of love, violence and activisms that she inherits as a distinctly queer, female-bodied, third-generation Sicilian-American artist.
Gabriel Mata is an independent choreographer, educator, and performer. He graduated from San José State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. The Star Tribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movements is his solo performance and choreography based project. His dances have been performed in Minnesota, California, and New York. He recently received the Twin Cities Arts Reader Best of Fringe 2017 award.
Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe is a queer mama, auntie, poet, performer and filmmaker.
Chris Stedman in an author and community organizer who writes narrative nonfiction that explores how we tell our stories, how we talk about complicated and deeply personal things, and how we seek to understand one another. He is the author of Faitheist, "an intimate and deeply affecting portrait… [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch" (Booklist, Starred Review). He has written for publications including Salon, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, The Advocate, USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and The Washington Post.
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)
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.
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.
Jay Owen Eisenberg is a queer & transgender actor, writer, and illustrator based in Minneapolis by way of New York City. In the Twin Cities, Jay is a frequent collaborator with Mixed Blood Theatre, where he serves on the Board of the Directors and works as an actor and transgender community organizer. He is currently a Teaching Artist in Residence at the Guthrie Theater, and a guest Teaching Artist with Children's Theater Company and Pillsbury House + Theatre.