Joey Schad (he/him/his) Polystylist composer/songwriter, queer, Korean-American pianist and vocalist serving pop and soul. Described as a "high octane performer for the late night crowd." Half of music duo Summer Cotton.
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).
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.