Nimo H. Farah is an artist and activist that uses language to express things she finds too confusing. Her current undertaking is to develop her skills as an orator while blending Somali and English. She thinks herself charming and hilarious in the Somali language, but rarely does that humor translate into English. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Water-Stone Review, the Saint Paul Almanac, and the Loft Inroads chapter book. As a storyteller she has shared her words at the Black Dog Café, the Loft, and Pillsbury House.
Katherine Glover is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and performer. She's always had a knack for organization and time-management -- her mother will tell you she was the only sixth grader in history to request filing cabinets as a birthday present -- and she has honed these skills during her twenty years as a freelance writer and artist.
Halee Kirkwood is a queer writer of anishinaabe descent who has been attempting their whole life to perfect the art of the side-hustle.
Mollie is a poet, most often found on slam stages in the Twin Cities, but occasionally at tournaments such as the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. They are a member of the poetry team Witch Sirens. They represented the University of Minnesota at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2013 and 2014 as a member of the team USlam. They are the oldest of three sisters, and just trying to be a good role model.
Kat Purcell (they/them) is a trans artist and activist newly moved to Minneapolis, MN from New York City. From intensive classical training to agit-prop street art performance to lighting design and production management, their diverse and comprehensive experience has led them to the conclusion that art and performance are the key to galvanizing the healing and activism of communities.
Bernard is a Bahamian native still trying to survive the Minnesota winters. He enjoys devoting his time to writing and performing, as well as volunteering at local poetry slams. He's the producer for the Minnesota local SPEAK Poetry Slam show, competed in the College Union's Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016 to represent the University of Minnesota, placed 6th at the Great Plains Poetry Pile Up in November, and has work featured and upcoming on Button Poetry.
An award-winning Haudenosaunee (Seneca Nation, Heron Clan) mid-career choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN, Rosy Simas is a designer and director of dance, solo and collaborative performer, movement-based and multidisciplinary teacher, events curator, Indigenous and multicultural arts advocate, and mentor of diverse artists. For over 20 years, her immersive, intersectional, Indigenous-centered artistic practice has remained historically situated, geographically grounded, and politically current nationally and internationally. A movement and multimedia-based Native feminis
Pedro Pablo Lander, born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, discovered the performing arts at Winona State University. Currently, Pedro is a Teaching Artist with Upstream Arts, a Resident Artist with the Pillsbury House Theater, a member of the April Sellers Dance Collective. Pedro has shown original work at the Walker Art Center, Red Eye Theater, Open Eye Theater, Public Functionary, 9x22 at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
Lisa Marie Brimmer is a Queer, Black, Transracial Adoptee poet and arts based community organizer. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, has received a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship and is a current graduate fellow at the University of St. Thomas in English Literature. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices Magazine, On the Commons Magazine and in Burn Something zine and Ellen Hinchcliffe's recent collection Walk Towards It.
Kenny Ngo is a queer Vietnamese-American writer and performer. He represented Hamline at CUPSI (College Union Poetry Slam Invitationals), and at the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read. Being the youngest son of immigrant parents, he first picked up a pen at age one and started writing by age three. As a writer, he blends together the essay and poetry in works that deal with heritage, self-love, and the value of emotional honesty. He enjoys walks in the forest and cuddling with his two dogs, Cloud and Cash.