Storytelling

marcie rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation. Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) is currently available. She is an author and sometimes a performance artist. She is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Rendon’s play Bring the Children Home at 4 venues in 2015-16, and the co-curator for Raving Native Date Nights in 2017.

 

Stephani Maari Booker of Minneapolis, MN, works on the page and on the stage with her multiple marginalized identities: African American, lesbian, lower-class, nerdy and sexy. Her science fiction has been published in Aphelion Webzine, The Future of Us: An Anthology and Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s). She also has nonfiction, erotic fiction and poetry in many other publications.

Ray Macairan is a twin cities artist, teacher and playwright. She is tisay and a second generation immigrant to the United States. This year she is working with Pangea World Theater as a part of their Arts Organizing Institute. This year she participated in Lightning Rod at Patrick’s Cabaret, X-treme Theater Smackdown with Theater Unbound, and the One Minute Play Festival.

Xochi is the agender Minneapolis based performance artist, comedian, model, curator and cosmic vampire. After exploring the stand-up, improv, and theater worlds, they discovered that they are more comfortable when they combine elements of all their passions. Their comedic performances will bring you through an arc of emotions, laughter as the main goal . 
 

Filip Swiergul is a comedian with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease) from Rochester, Minnesota. Filip found his ability to see humor in even the toughest of circumstances to be an invaluable coping mechanism during his frequent trips to the Mayo Clinic. His comedy focuses on his experiences and observations that are unique and yet relatable. Filip took third place in the 2014 Twin Cities Funniest Person Contest at Acme Comedy Club. He continues to MC at Goonie’s Comedy Club in Rochester regularly and performs in the upper Midwest.

Julia Nekessa Opoti is a multi-media storyteller.

Anisa Sharif is a 22 year old Minneapolis native who engages art through multidisciplinary forms such as poetry, song, and story telling in her Indigenous Somali language. Anisa is a lifelong learner and scholar that utilizes her art to reflect, heal and change the way she engages with society and its multifaceted systems of oppression.

Seng Xiong is a queer non-binary Hmong American artist that is interested in how spirituality is tied to art. Having recently become more involved in dance and body movement, they are hoping to develop these art forms in telling stories that explore the experiences of queerness, cultural identity and spirituality. They have studied different modes and techniques of dance through the Ananya Theater Dance Troupe and through biological.

Wolf has been an artist of several disciplines for 9 years. They have a primary focus on poetry.

Vanessa Taylor is a community organizer and writer based in Minneapolis, MN. They are a co-founder of the Black Liberation Project, a grassroots collective of Black youth. Along with their organizing, they are a freelancer who has written for the Fader, Racked, and Elite Daily, amongst others. Their work focuses on exploring Black Muslim identity and Black womanhood. 

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