Storytelling

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. 

A graduate of Macalester College and the Clarion writing workshop, Gabriela Santiago is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has been published in Lightspeed Magazine's People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!, Nightmare Magazine's People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror!, Betwixt, Black Candies, and States of Terror. Her fiction has also appeared on the GlitterShip podcast.

Ifrah Mansour is an internationally recognized Somali multidisciplinary artist and educator, interweaving text, movement, digital media, and sound. Her self-produced original show "How to Have Fun in A Civil War" played to full houses in 2016 and was remounted in 2017. She has performed at Intermedia Arts, the Children's Theater Company, Red Eye, the Minnesota State Fair, and Patrick's Cabaret, among others, and has become known for her uniquely humorous approach to exploring trauma.

Kafiya is a local activist, organizer and general troublemaker. She enjoys the parts of Minneapolis that haven't been gentrified yet and reading whatever she can get her hands on.

Elliot is a musician before he’s a comedian, and a comedian before he’s a person. Currently he’s enrolled as a 3rd year student at a prestigious two year college. He’ll graduate in the spring with a degree that will help him cope with being an adult. His future plans include traveling until he his purpose in life.

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