Meet Our Artists

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.

Wendy Brown-Báez is a writer, teacher, performance poet and installation artist. Wendy's poetry and prose appear widely in literary journals and anthologies, such as Borderlands, The Litchfield Review, Lavandería, Mizna, Minnetonka Review, The Chrysalis Reader, Wising Up Press,The Feminine Collective and Talking Writing and forthcoming in Water~Stone Review and Peregrine Journal. She has also published two books of poetry. She has performed nationally and in Mexico, in cafes, cabarets, bars, galleries, and bookstores, and curated multi-media exhibitions.

Sonic Rain is a singer-songwriter, emcee and beat producer from the Twin Cities. In early year 2000 she was a part of a spoken word collective Free.Inspiring.Rising.Element (F.I.R.E). F.I.R.E was the first active Asian performance poetry collective of its kind in the Twin Cities. They were made up of activists, emcees, playwrights, musicians and dancers. After F.I.R.E Sonic Rain continues to be involved in the Hmong community through Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (C.H.A.T) I.C.E open mic’s and became the main MC for 5 years.

Baby Patê consists of depraved BFFs gelli spinelli and Christian Balden. gelli is a nonbinary HIV+ queer internet angel. They run the trans youth art group Ham Time, create content for meme pages including That Gay Shit, Antifash Whiscash, Call Your Sponsor Sweaty, and Give Me Cumemes, Daddy. Christian is a nonbinary HIV+ queer sex demon, environmental justice activist, and radical performance artist. Together they have curated messy and interactive events at Minneapolis DIY spaces including Wrestelgaynia, Little Mx Mothership, John Waters' Drag Race, and Sugar Slut.

Rosa Garcia, aka DJ MotherTRosa, is a self-taught DJ, event producer, and youth activist born and raised in Minneapolis. They have played DJ sets at spaces throughout Minneapolis, including First Avenue, the Nomad, and Palmer's, and produced multiple multidisciplinary events in underground spaces, including the "tropikal dans" party TUERCA that brought together percussionists, DJs, installation artists, and dancers. They are currently working on reviving DJU, their series of DJ classes for queer femmes of color.

Nicole M. Smith is an artist based in community/community-based artist, through her work, she explores the integration of community, leadership, the arts, social change, and justice. She has used this approach also when working in arts administration; from her role(s) as Teen Programs Coordinator at Children's Theatre Company, to Artistic Associate at Pillsbury House + Theatre, Nicole navigates community building/engagement by observing what's been established and finding point of entry based on interest.

I'm a singer, songwriter and producer born and raised in the Twin Cities. My music is universal which deals with topics such as love, acceptance and confidence. I performed at the Twin Cities PRIDE festival 5 years in a row. I try to create music that everyone can relate to. Gay or straight.

TONY HAUSER has been performing professionally for over 40 years, with a wide range of musical styles on the guitar, particularly Latin American and Brazilian music. He has also been composing in these genres; recently his Concerto for Flamenco Guitar and Chamber Orchestra was premiered by the MN Sinfonia with Jay Fishman conducting, and his compositions premiere in the MN Guitar Society Guitarathon (an organization he founded) June 3 at Hamline University.

HEIDI ARNESON is a many-armed troublemaker (artist/author/performer). She has been writing, performing and painting professionally for over 32 years. Her edgy, dark-comic, suburban-gothic tales encompass over 20 works, including the one-woman show Degrade School, the musical BloodyMerryJammyParty, and her 2016 suspense novel, entitled Interlocking Monsters.

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