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/storyteller 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. She’s contributed stories to MPR's In the Loop, CBC radio's Definitely Not The Opera, and the national podcast Risk!, and she performs regularly on just about every spoken-word-inclusive stage in the Twin Cities.
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.
Ollie Schminkey is a white, non-binary transgender poet/musician/artist. They facilitate, direct, and host many organizations, including a queer open mic called OUTspoken! and a weekly writing workshop called Well-Placed Commas. They have also represented the Twin Cities in numerous national poetry competitions, and they have authored one chapbook, The Taste of Iron. You can find them touring nationally or in the We Will Be Shelter, Drunk in a Midninght Choir, and 20% Theater Co's The Naked I.
As a Twin Cities based poet, TV/radio personality, actress, entrepreneur, creative consultant and community organizer, Brittany “Miss Brit” Lynch is truly limitless. Working interdependently between media, art, curation and social justice, she has emerged as a tastemaker for the local entertainment scene.