Afton MontgomeryAfton Montgomery lives in Denver and writes about queerness, mortality, and her bathtub. In 2018, she was a finalist for The Pinch Journal Literary Awards in nonfiction and has been previously published in Sugar Magazine. Afton works as a book buyer at the Tattered Cover Bookstore, and she’s currently finishing her first full length collection of essays. Publication Instagram
Akiala IAkiala I is a futurist & multimedia artist who primarily focuses on the mediums of fashion, media and writing. She started the clothing and media company, Absoulute Vibe and Conscious Creatives, an artist collective. In 2017 she published two books, "100 Things" and "The Mind Which Exists" and is working to publish several more.Website Instagram
AkilKuumba KelleyAkilKuumba is the fullness of Man striving to be greater then Himself each and everyday, to prepare a righteous example for the mislead community. AkilKuumba is also a detective searching through scholarly archives to find the root from which disharmony came shattering the delicate balance of duality. AkilKuumba is a healer using multiple means in order to weave the fabric of space and time that resides within Humankind back together. AkilKuumba is a wise creator using the powers of RA to manifest Art that affects human behavior. AkilKuumba is a Servant seeking only to please the King of Kings, And Lord of Lords who sits upon the throne of I and I first home Forever.
Alberto RamirezAlberto Ramirez is a Los Angeles based writer and author. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in English literature and his short stories have appeared in Westwind Journal of the Arts, Angel City Review, LossLit Magazine UK, Adelaide Literary Magazine and Stain’d Magazine. His novel Everything That Could Not Happen Will Happen Now (Floricanto & Berkeley Presses 2016), was selected by Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club summer reading list 2017.
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Amelia ParenteauAmelia Parenteau is a writer, translator, and theater maker based in New Orleans. An alumna of Sarah Lawrence College, she has worked with TCG, Ping Chong + Company, The Lark, The Civilians, the French Institute Alliance Française, Voyage Theater Company, and The Park Avenue Armory in New York; People's Light in Pennsylvania; and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. Productions: America is Hard to See, Life Jacket Theatre Company (2018, HERE); (Projection) (2017, Dixon Place); Liminal (2015, New York International Fringe Festival). She is a member of the FENCE International Translation Network, and she has been published online in Asymptote Literary Magazine, Contemporary Theatre Review, Culturebot, and HowlRound, and in print in American Theatre Magazine. Publication Website Email
Amy DonnellyAmy Donnelly is based on Oahu Hawaii and works primarily in mixed media formats often incorporating acrylic paint, sea glass, wax and other materials. She enjoys painting dynamic abstract works with provocative textures. Publication Website
Andre MarteenHakeem Furious, also known as Andre Marteen, is a rocky mountain native, moving to Jacksonville, Florida when he was 10. Graduating from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a theater major, he started to develop a knack for words when he was exposed to the spoken word community in Jacksonville. He attended international poetry competition Brave New Voices, and has an upward progression since then. He uses a natural offbeat as a vehicle for his style, along with introspective metaphors and lyrics. He has performed at the infamous Apollo Theater twice, and in 2014 he released his debut project “Leaky Nostrils, Monogamous Swans” a blend of HipHop and Poetry. In 2017, he released his book of poetry titled "Dinner With the Ego & I." He now travels the country doing poetry for a living and continues working on progressive music with his Capital 6 brethren.SoundCloud
Andrea DreilingAndrea Dreiling is an artist from Denver, CO. She draws inspiration from the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it. She has been published in Birdy, Teeth Dreams, South Broadway Ghost Society and several issues of Stain’d. She also creates and shows linocut prints around Denver. Publication Instagram
Andrew MalinskiAndy Malinski, a blogger known on Facebook as “The Dadvocate,” recently published his first book, a memoir of his journey to overcome debilitating panic attacks and anxiety, entitled The Last Great Innocent. He is a writer, speaker, and Level II Reiki Practitioner in Northern Colorado. He aspires to inspire others through Reiki and writing to “don their armor of light,” or Arma Lucis.Publication
Andrew WalkerAndrew Walker is a poet and prose writer whose works have appeared in Eckleburg, Crack the Spine, paperplates, New Pop Lit, Literary Juice, and a few other really rad journals he doesn’t have the character count to list right now. He is a graduate of Colorado State University and currently resides in Denver, but likes to let life take him where he needs to be.
Anna MarcellAnna Marcell is a visual artist, self portrait and fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her self portrait work stems from intimacy. It shows how she is feeling at that particular moment and desires the photograph to be as real as possible. It's a feeling that you want to capture, because it's something beautiful and memorable. She considers a lot of what she does as taking a photograph of what she is doing, whether it's in her space or places she ventures to. It's a diary in a visual sense of who she is as an artist.Publication Website
Anthony RuptakAnthony Ruptak is a Denver-based musician who composes, writes and performs his original work with a simple mission: to connect us all to the human condition. Through his lyrics, community cultivation, and activism Anthony advocates for positive, inclusive progress in our society. Anthony Ruptak aims to be a voice for the lost and disaffected, a midnight friend for those with nowhere else to go, a sounding board when you need a place to put your voice, and a safety net for the misshapen, the abandoned, and the eccentric because everyone’s a freak and he is so okay with that.Website
Ariel AmaruWords are comforting and giving creatures to Ariel Sara Amaru. She has long relished in both reading and writing them. Ariel holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from The George Washington University and is pursuing a Juris Doctor at the University of Colorado. She values the truth and empathy. She also values red wine and tacos.Publication
Ashlan ChristensenAshlan Christensen is a writer, sometimes educator, and alright barista living in Denver, CO with her partner and their dog. She studied creative writing at Seattle University and lived there for some time after graduation while she was in the 2017 Jack Straw Writers Program. She has been published in The Boiler (under Ashlan Runyan), Yes Poetry, and here with Stain'd.Publication
Ashton LyleAshton Lyle is a photographer born in San Francisco and raised in Benicia, California. He discovered his passion while photographing his cycling team and continued to develop his work while living in Lille, France. Ashton is currently a sophomore photography student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts. His most recent work took him to Colombia where he documented the lives of displaced people living in informal communities near Medellin.
Ashton's work has appeared in Allure Magazine and CNN.com as well as regional newspapers including the Benicia (California) Herald and the Vallejo (California) Times-Herald. Instagram Website
Ben RennerThis is what I have from you: Ben Renner is a writer living in Denver, Colorado. He creates pieces that bring you the void, and hopefully back again. His work has appeared in Xenith, Sheriff Nottingham and Pulp Metal Magazine. Publication Website
Brenton WeyiBrenton Weyi uses the power of word and performance to cultivate humanity. He is a first generation essayist and award-winning creative polymath. Informed by travel to over 60 nations, Brenton's works blends narrative, philosophy and history in order to examine the struggle and beauty of the human experience. Brenton is the current Truth Be Told Grandslam champion, a member of Playback Theatre West, Storytellers acapella and on the organizing committe of TEDxBoulder. His work has received numerous awards across several disciplines, and he has been featured in the LA Times, BBC, KGNU, many more sources.Website
Brett RandellBrett Randell is a writer, musician, yogi, and traveler based out of Denver, CO. Through music and words he hopes to capture the subtle emotions and dynamic range of the human experience. Brett has performed across 30 countries in venues, on rooftops, at yoga festivals, bars, living rooms, and beyond. Publication Website
Brice MaiurroBrice Maiurro is a poet and writer from Denver, Colorado. He is the Editor-In-Chief of South Broadway Ghost Society and the Poetry Editor for Suspect Press. His second book of poetry, Hero Victim Villain, is out this June from Stubborn Mule Press.Publication Website Journal
Chelsea CallChelsea Call is an artist, art therapist, and environmentalist based out of the high desert hills of Santa Fe, New Mexico (occupied/unceded Tewa land), She holds an M.A. in Counseling and Art Therapy from Southwestern College, along with a BFA in Photo Image Making from Colorado State University. With a deep respect for the environment, her work is rooted in the framework of ecopsychology. Call has worked with various groups and individuals through non-profit sectors to facilitate photo-based processes exploring dialogues between identity and environment. Her photographic work promotes environmental stewardship while navigating multi-faceted layers of the human experience.Website Instagram
Christie BucheleChristie Buchele is an up-and-coming standup comic from Denver, Colorado. Christie made a name for herself by the heart-wrenching and hilarious realities of being a woman with a disability. Christie has been featured on Viceland’s, Flophouse; Hidden America with Jonah Ray; and Laughs on Fox. Christie has performed at both the Crom Comedy Festival in Omaha, Nebraska, Denver's own High Plains Comedy Festival and Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans.Christie has been described as "Brave" for leaving the house in that body, Christie's comedy has been described as "funny despite what she talks about..." and "Uncomfortable.." by Christie's mom. She was chosen to open up for the likes Josh Blue, Sean Patton and Andy Kindler.Christie co-hosts a witty relationship advice podcast, Empty Girlfriend, which earned best Comedy Podcast by Westword Magazine and best Podcast for Sexpot Comedy in 2017. As one third of the Denver Comedy powerhouse, The Pussy Bros, Christie reps the Mile High City hard while crushing audiences with a wry, biting style that’s a bit sweet, a and a little bit surly; proving time and again you can say almost anything with a smile on your face and a gimp in your step.Recording
Christine JozitisChristine Jozitis is an art educator and writer located in Boston, MA. She cannot sit still or choose a favorite medium of art. She loves surfing, traveling, teaching, dancing, old books, architectural salvage, and making stuff out of things that others have thrown away. Her work has been featured at the Massachusetts State House and in various galleries in the Boston area. Christine identifies as a nature-obsessed wanderer and knucklehead. She draws inspiration from the ocean, our putrid political climate, and the epic awesomeness of her middle school students.Publication
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Devon YoungDevon Young is a writer, freelance editor, psychotherapist, and abortion doula based in in New Orleans, LA. As a therapist, she specializes in helping writers and artists bring their creative projects to fruition. As an abortion doula, she offers sliding scale services and a guide to free resources so that affordability is never a barrier to care. Her writing has appeared in plain china, Stillpoint, and Flagpole. She can be emailed for professional consultations Publication Instagram Dylan Lee LowryDylan Lee Lowry is a Denver-based artist and filmmaker. His recent work deals with personal trauma, power/oppression, and art as medicine for the individual and community. WebsiteDor Haberer
Elayna AlexandraElayna Alexandra is a writer and artist her writing is mostly unpublished, her artwork has been displayed at the Smithsonian and other galleries around the United States. After a creative break, she is returning gingerly to what she loves most. Elayna Alexandra works for herself doing creative strategy, communications and business development. Website
Elena BurgueñoElena Burgueño enjoys writing realistic fiction and free verse realistic poetry. What informs this work is life and how it is both concrete and dreamy and almost nearly impossible to put into the right words. Elena spends her time teaching Language Arts at a middle school, spending time with those she loves, and enjoying nature. Elena reads everything she can, but has recently been re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird, The Fellowship of the Ring, Frankenstein, The Milagro Beanfield War, and Walden.
Elizabeth WhittingtonElizaBeth Whittington (they/them) is a parent, poet, writer, organizer, painter, and singer/songwriter out of Denver. They were raised on the plains and mountains of Colorado. They have been published in Suspect Press, Spit Poet Zine, Punch Drunk Press, Naropa's Vagina Monologue Zine. Their book, "Treat me like you Treat the Earth" will be published through Suspect Press. They frequently collaborate with the band Black Market Translation.Publication Instagram
Emily BarnesTucked away in a town so tiny it isn't found on most maps, singer-songwriter Emily Barnes can be found sitting on the stone steps of her 200 year old home stitching together the latest melody from the fabric of her mind. That is on the rare occasion she is home. For the past few years, Emily has been tirelessly trekking down the open road playing venues of all shapes and sizes stopping listeners dead in their tracks with a voice that cuts to the bone and songs that pull on the heart strings.
Now a nationally touring artist, Barnes continues to build a grassroots following from city to small town, one new believer at a time. Her Sophomore album 'Let in the Light' was released on March 10th 2017 and has been taking listeners through the nostalgia of finding oneself after the inevitable darkness seeps in. It is honest, it is raw, and as quirky as the show you are likely to experience. With an assortment of "found" instruments, lo-fi birds, pots and pans, this album paints a picture from start to finish. There is a feeling one gets when witnessing something authentic and rare, and that aura permeates the room at an Emily Barnes show.Website
Emma KimballEmma S. Kimball is a dancetheater artist. She is currently a member of Canyon Concert Ballet’s Chamber Company and is an Associate Producer for The Orchard Project and the Producer of their new publication (to be launched in 2019). Emma has been a member of The Plaboratory, Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, the Core Company, and Built for Collapse. She has also worked for National Sawdust, The Lark, and was a Sound Intern at the The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Recent direction and choreography credits: MEDEA with Bailey Ostdeik (Fort Collins Fringe Festival), (PROJECTION) by Amelia Parenteau (Dixon Place), PEACHES (Colorado State University, Stained Glass Experience), collaborative works with spoken word poet Noah Kaplan and storyteller Tim Manley, and a site-specific conception of THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) by Will Eno (SSBKLYN). She has developed work at The Orchard Project, Bates Dance Festival, WAXworks, and in Movement Research’s Open Performance. She is currently diving into the short film world after working as the Script Supervisor for the film WHO KNOW? co-directed by Alex Koch and Kevin Townley. Website
Erika OakvikErika Oakvik has been stringing words together for more than ten years. She writes to untangle the knots of hope, loss and spirituality. Her current work is an examination of liturgical patterns and how the motifs of monotheistic religion affect contemporary decision making. Her work seeks to answer the question, how does faith shape ideas of congruency with one another? She longs for her words to evoke the irresistible holiness in being human.Publication Website Instagram
Erika TorvikErika Torvik is from Denver, Colorado. She holds a BA in English and Psychology from The University of Denver. Erika’s work explores the connections between memory, trauma, and family narrative from her child-self’s perspective. She has created erasures from transcribed voicemails left to her by her estranged grandmother in order to probe her grandmother’s identity and sense of place in the family. These poems are part of a larger collection, “Honeygirl.” At present, Erika is a masters candidate in Marketing at The Daniels College of Business.Publication Instagram Twitter
Evan SheldonEvan James Sheldon’s work has appeared most recently in Barren, Fictive Dream, Foliate Oak, Ice Pop Poetry, and Rhythm & Bones. He is an Assistant Editor for F(r)iction and the Editorial Coordinator for Brink Literacy Project. Publication Website
Franklin CruzFranklin cruz is a latino queer poet and nerd born in Idaho, raised Texan and polished in Denver. Franklin the shy kid who discovered the power of his voice speaks on the intersectional relationships between people, nature, social justice and random animal facts.
Goshen CarmelI’m a filmmaker and photographer based in Aurora,Colorado. Most of my imagery evoke what brings me together with my fellow humans. From the emotional stand point, my images wether it be video or photography, i portray how purposeful one human can be to another human. And a tool like a camera gave me a chance to communicate with humans who see things differently than i do.
My camera has taught me coexistence.
Hannah SkewesHannah Skewes is a poet, essayist, photographer, multimedia storyteller, publication designer and shameless jaywalker based in Denver. She comes from a journalism background and carries that thread throughout her work, writing either observational and or deeply personal pieces. Her photography is also heavy on the documentary side, focusing on available light, candid portraits and abstract crops and angles. These days she's focused on new media, poetry, narrative storytelling, photojournalism and advocacy in sexual violence prevention and mental health awareness.Website Instagram
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J.J. ClarkJ.J. Clark is a grandson, son, father, uncle, and partner. He believes that it is a rare occurrence of emotional intimacy when an author feels comfortable enough on the page to be honest with an audience. He usually writes narrative poetry while his daughters are sleeping and in moments between naps and lesson planning. He is currently head of the Creative Writing Program at East High School where he overseas and instructs the writing program and the Literary and Arts Magazine Serendipity.
Jana ClarkJana Clark is a daughter, mother, granddaughter, grandmother, sister, niece, aunt, wife. Her only addiction is reading. Her true vocation is teaching others to read what she loves and write what she reads. Her own writing includes poetry and short fiction, sometimes about family, sometimes with political overtones, sometimes about the beauty she inhaled in any particular moment.
She started the Creative Writing program at the Denver School of the Arts and taught there from its beginning in 1990 until she retired in 2007. Now she teaches adult workshops for the Denver Public Library.
Jack OrleansJack can’t seem to fall asleep. He takes the bus late to have coffee. While taking the bus, he’s happy until someone fucks up. After, he’s happy but with caveats. He knows that he’d be awake regardless of having had coffee. He prefers to be awake and alert over awake and tired. He just doesn’t know what he wants, but it better involve lots of undeserved perks or skymiles. Jack is a Denver writer whose work has been featured in Birdy Magazine, SUNY Hopewell's literary journal, The Finger, and Suspect Press. He has also published a photograph in Stain'd Magazine's prior issue. An episode of Josh Mattison's Denver Orbit podcast is forthcoming.
Jackson Holzberg BuckleyJackson Holzberg Buckley is a teacher and writer working with themes of consciousness, literature, spirituality, and healing. He is currently a graduate student and TA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His ongoing project on literature as a source of wisdom can be found at His Website Publication
Jason JoyceOriginally from Wyoming, Jason Joyce, M.B.A. is a writer, arranger, consultant and optimist who has made it his life mission to never grow boring. You can learn more about his companies, current projects and published work by visiting:His website Publication Instagram
Jenny LaJoyeJenny LaJoye is a pop/folk singer songwriter who believes everyone is made of the good stuff. A classically-trained violinist raised on jazz and musical theater, she makes music to remind herself what it means to be human...to find connection in a time of disconnection, and to feel something in a world gone numb. LaJoye's sophomore album, “Altars," was released on February 23rd, 2018. Theologically bent, "Altars" showcases full-band arrangements of songs Jenny performs with a vocal looper.
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John StaughtonJohn Staughton is a writer, editor, photographer and publisher with roots in Chicago, an address in Colorado, and pieces of his heart scattered across the world. He often feels that half his life is spent on rootless wanders, slowing time in forgotten diners and mountain vistas, flinging into foreign cities, and embracing the liminal space of transport hubs (from country gas pumps to international airports) where transience reigns.
The other half is the work, of course, the sitting quiet and digesting what the brain has tucked away, the writing, the blank pages, reconnecting with beautifools and building community, seeking out laughter and flesh, the squeezing of good blood from stone, the caffeination and self-examination and the months of words between the weeks of gleeful lostness.
Fortunately, these two lifestyles blur like passing clouds and highway signs. Those muddled moments of transition, between solitude and not, have been the mystery fuel behind his writing in recent years. The work exorcises his struggles with aloneness, from the sacred joys of empty space to the lethal moments of mental isolation, and will culminate in a short story collection to be released in 2019 titled "Saudade: Singing for the Echoes".
You can find examples of John's work, including fiction, poetry, essays and photography, in publications like Stain'd, The First Line and Sheriff Nottingham.Publication Instagram Email
Jona FineJona Fine is a queer non binary artist and poet living in Colorado with their leopard gecko Max and their rabbit Mango. They work as a digital crisis worker for a LGBTQ youth suicide hotline. Please use They pronouns. Thank you!
I have been photographing eggs since high school which may seem like a ridiculous amount of time to focus on an object, but I am forever drawn to the way eggs have the ability to hold texture, pattern and light. I hope one day to fill a whole gallery full of eggs. I draw a lot of inspiration from my silent meditation retreats and appreciate the utilitarian aspects of eggs and the simplicity of their form.Publication
Jonathan SabutisJonathan is a photographer and industrial designer and with a deep curiosity about the world, especially its lesser explored people and places. He started his career developing aftermarket parts for BMW motorcycles and later worked alongside acclaimed NYC-based designer Harry Allen on a wide variety of successful furniture, lighting, and consumer products. Jonathan also gets a thrill out of designing products of his own, eventually starting a company called Reductivist, a product and lifestyle brand, after successfully kickstarting an ultra-compact bike tool. “Ringtool” is now sold in many countries around the world. More recently, Jonathan has felt compelled to follow his passion for social justice by focusing on work in international development with Catapult Design, a non-profit design firm. Through his travels for work and pleasure, It was exposure to new people and exotic new places that drove Jonathan gradually towards an interest in photography as a storytelling medium, finding a new use for an eye for detail and composition. Fortunate to have visited and photographed over 30 countries, he hopes his landscape and nature photography will convey the planet’s extraordinary scale and beauty to foster a sense of environmental stewardship. In his spare time Jonathan enjoys home-roasting his own coffee and practicing zen meditation. Jonathan holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.Publication
Jonathon StallsIn 2010, I spent 242 days walking across the United States and have continued to walk alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. I'm a passionate artist, social entrepreneur/co-op owner, and advocate for social, economic and racial justice. I'm also LGBTQIA+, Creator of Intrinsic Paths, and Founder of Walk2Connect. I finished my studies at the Living School for Action and Contemplation in 2017 and have committed much of my life to help people deepen and heal relationship to one another, to the natural world, and to themselves.
There is nothing more important to me than bold love, inner freedom, human dignity, nature wisdom, and creative expression.
Jonina DieleThese poems (and my work in general) are a result of living most of my life feeling ashamed of my body, beauty (and supposed lack there of) and anxiety--they are my therapeutic process of rejecting that shame in written form. My poetry is a documentation of healing for me—and it is my sincere hope that they can provide someone else a little bit of healing, too.Publication Website
Kate CarmodyKate Carmody is a writer, teacher, and activist. While pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction at Antioch University in Los Angeles, she contributes as a blogger, assistant blog editor, and a member of the community outreach team for Lunch Ticket. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her fiancé and dog, Corky St. Clair.Publication Twitter Instagram
Kayla MarqueKayla Marque's musical journey began at an early age, seeing her surrounded by a wide variety of musical influences in her home environment. Included were the stylings of artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Bootsy Collins, and numerous others, whilst equally extensive was the list of musical instruments Marque had practiced with as a child; drum-sets, a karaoke machine, and a baby grand piano, an instrument she remembers lessons in less than fondly. These early experiences with music she credits to her family, from her father, a saxophonist who would often accompany her early musical explorations, to her uncle Larry Dunn, a member of the legendary funk/soul group Earth Wind and Fire. Though surrounded by such a variety of musical influences, Kayla Marque at first did not consider herself a musician, pursuing instead interests in athletics and a degree in psychology. It was during her time at Colorado State University that Marque first began to rekindle her musical inclination as her interest in her degree waned. Eventually departing the school after one year, Marque then leapt headfirst into music, composing her first song on the very same baby grand piano that was once the source of woe for her five year old self. From there she has continued forth with singular purpose, with performances beginning at open mic nights and leading her to the stages of the Westword Music Showcase, the iconic Denver Music festival, and going on to be on the cover of the magazine and receiving the award for best singer-songwriter in 2018. Marque released her first album, 2016's Live and Die Like This, featuring her ability to perform across a multitude of musical styles with characteristic poise. Now, Marque looks to the future, aiming to double down on this ability with a two part album ‘Brain Chemistry’ in the works. A synthesis of the myriad styles and concepts that influence her to this day, the project is presented as both a musical and conceptual dichotomy. The Left Brain Marque states will deal with "critical, practical, and darker" themes, whilst Right Brain will explore a "colorful, vibrant, and imaginative" attitude. With this creation, Marque centers her focus upon a message of empowerment for those outside of the norm, those for whom she aims to use her music as a medium for positive change. For Kayla Marque, music is a means of expression that is better when shared, and this is a cause she is set to champion as she sets her sights on the coming years and those beyond.
Kris DrickeyKris Drickey has always loved to sing and play. She is mainly self-taught and has studied classical violin as well as American folk & blues fiddle and songwriting. Her enchantment with music took her into coffee shop open mics, late night recording frenzies, guitar lessons, and campfire sing-alongs before her musical main squeeze of the last 8 years, Chimney Choir, burst into life. Her role in the band right now is centered in voice, violin, and collaborative writing, and performing solo is a rare and special edge for her. Out in the world she also teaches yoga, does bodywork and leads workshops and retreats as Honeycomb Healing.
Liam KelleyLiam Kelley writes poetry to avoid making an argument, to highlight life's horrid ambiguities, and to turn the heads of those around him. Vanity becomes him. He writes for himself. Our world, to him, is something to be examined and something to be blurred. Something to be wrecked. And maybe something to be changed for the better. He believes in poetry. In theatre. In writing. In confusion and light--if only to highlight the dark. Currently, he works as a substitute teacher in the Denver Metro Area--trying for more positivity and less uncontrollable vanity.Publication Email
Liesel LilienI am working on an autobiography of poems and prose in the quiet western slope town of Crawford, Colorado.... at 83 years old there is much to tell...."we get old too soon and smart too late"
Liza SparksLiza Sparks is an educator and creative living in Colorado. Her work is informed by her intersecting identities as a Brown / Multiracial / Pansexual / Woman. Liza holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Poetry from Colorado College and a Master’s Degree in Community Education from Goddard College. She is dedicated to collective healing and liberation through artistic expression. Publication Email Instagram
Mackenzie BroderickMackenzie Broderick writes fiction and personal essays to explore emotional landscapes that divide us from one another. What interests her is the uncanny in the everyday. A Portland native, she arrived in Denver by way of Chicago. She is a member of Lighthouse Writers and can sometimes be found volunteering at their events. Currently she is working on a novel and dreaming of MFA programs.
She tweets about literature and pop culture and shares her style on Instagram
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Marthé NdongalaMarthé Ndongala is a local creative residing in the Denver Metro Area. She is a poet and works with various non-profit organizations teaching enfranchised youth about writing, self love, and identity in the diaspora. Some of the organizations she's parented with include Art Lab and Slam Nuba. Born in Congo, Kinshasa Marthe believes in incorporating African identity in modern society by means of literary expression, videography, photography and other artistic expressions. When she isn't working with children, you can find her reading, painting, and learning Italian. You can follow Marthé on instagram under the handle m.t.nd. Currently Marthe is constructing her own brand as well as self publishing a body of poetry titled "Making Kindle Wood with My Mothers Legs"Instagram
Mary Grace BernardMary Grace is an artist and scholar living with cystic fibrosis, a chronic illness that informs her daily art and writing practice. In an effort to combine art theory and art practice, Mary Grace analyzes contemporary performance artists through performances of her own. In an attempt to break down binaries, she makes the invisibility of chronic illness visible and advocates the importance of bringing the (dis)abled community to the forefront of art historical and theoretical conversations. She has also worked with photography, sculpture, installation, digital video, and graphic design.Publication Website Email Instagram
Matthew MaichenMatthew Maichen is the Editor-In-Chief of The Metaworker: A millennial literary blog. He likes getting published and being able to make rent. He dislikes pretentious bios.Publication
Maxx ZenisekBased out of Denver, Maxx Zenisek is a poet, playwright and author. Besides writing, he works as a Used Book Buyer for the Tattered Cover. You can also find him on the last Tuesday of every month hosting the Tattered Cover Poetry Open MicPublication Instagram Website
Miabelle SalzanoMiabelle graduated from St. Lawrence University, in Canton, N.Y., with a B.A. in English literature and a minor in film studies. She's interned with documentary film house Direct Pictures in New York, film and photography magazine, Musée Magazine in New York, and architecture and design magazine ARCHITECT in Washington, D.C. She now lives and works in Washington, and is pursuing a M.A. in Journalism and Digital Media at American University. Twitter
Michelle NguyenMy work focuses on the human emotions hidden beneath ourselves.Publication Instagram
Mike RoderiqueMike is an emerging artist in Denver, Colorado. He comes with a BA in Studio Art and a MA in Higher Education. Mike has been a practicing artist for 10 years. The work he creates is various and dynamic. He is comfortable with oil, acrylic, drawing, and embroidery. Portraits are a huge interest. He is an expressionist- lots of color, movement, and marks. Mike works full-time at the Community College of Aurora and is an ArtCorps Mentor through RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Mike is also a painting instructor at Puff, Pass, and Paint- Denver. Publication Website Instagram
Molly DavidsonMolly Davidson is a queer writer whose nervous system is slower than her that of her cultures'. This dissonance makes for a life of radical self care, advocacy in pleasure politics, and poems that brave a leisured tempo. She is proud to serve on the Community Advisory Board of Stain'd Arts. In the fall of 2019, she will begin the MFA program in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She relishes in dance, reading, and having her period every month with the full moon.Email Instagram
Nick HurstNicholas Hurst is a Denver-based musician who grew up in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. He thinks the Rocky Mountains are impressive, but a little young and slightly cocksure of themselves. Over many years of dabbling in acting, poetry, prose, and other art forms, music slowly took over his life, much like a jealous lover or cancer. Nicholas had no part in this decision and wishes he could have a more respectable career in something like stonemasonry or the clergy. His music has been described as a Frankenstein's monster-type abomination of stitched-together idioms from the worlds of rock, folk, jazz, bossa nova, bluegrass, and French chanteuse.
Niyankor AjuajNiyankor is an artist & muse based in Denver, CO. She loves existential crisis in nature, long jogs to nowhere, and chasing sunsets. Her work is inspired by Mother Earth & Grandmother Moon’s beauty, who she believes are the greatest artists & muses. She wants her art and life to be as colorful as the Earth & breathtaking as the moon.Instagram
Olivia CamaI am a sophomore Creative Writing major at Emerson College. I have been writing stories and poetry since I learned to write and it is my favorite thing to do. I have been published in Emerson's Expression Magazine for my poetry and I blog for Society 19 Magazine. I was published in SheCult Magazine and I am a member of the organization, helping to plan and edit the magazines. In 2018, I was also nominated for an Emerson EVVY Award for Outstanding Poetry. I am also a competitive synchronized ice skater, as well as an ice skating coach and choreographer. In my free time, I enjoy baking and playing with my bunny, Holland.Email
Rachel BeckerRachel is an artist, graphic designer, and writer whose work is devoted to Earth & personal healing, primarily under the name Church of Earth. She loves sunflowers and swimming in high mountain lakes. Earthlings Unite!Publication Website Instagram Store
Remy Martell AbroughtRēmy Martell is a vessel of visions and voice. She is the creator and owner of Rēmy Martell Productions, LLC, a photography and cinematic platform based currently out of Kansas City, Missouri.
In 2016, this proud Saluki graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with an undergraduate dual degree from the Cinema and Photography program, and School of Journalism Advertising program. Rēmy Martell then ventured back to Kansas City and studied Black Studies for one year in the graduate program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The historical education, literary work, and, at times, heart wrenching insight gained from the intense, culturally awakening Black Studies curriculum propelled Rēmy Martell into her most recent documentary work.Publication Instagram Facebook Email
Robyn FrancesI am drawn to depict a story rooted in the divine feminine. Taking a leadership role in the empowerment of women, my art strives to be a visual representation of this empowerment. Often as a way to give voice to the oppressed female, I make art that can be confrontational and uncomfortable. Another major aspect of my art and life work is to promote healthy perspectives on sex and sensuality.
My current works portray nude figures painted on paper, tar and wood; designs depicting male and female sex organs, painted in gold pigment and India ink on paper; mixed media immersive installations of the yoni; paintings and murals representing the sexes as plants; as well as painting & writing on vintage framed portraits.
Robyn Frances is a artist & educator specializing in painting and mural work. She lives and works in Denver, Colorado.Publication
Roseanna FrechetteRoseanna Frechette is in love with words. The former publisher of Rosebud Forum magazine, she's also dedicated to the power of small press. Her writings have appeared in a variety of publications including Lummox, Punch Drunk, Blink-Ink, Semicolon, Mad Blood, Love Shovel Review, and Prairie Smoke Anthology. Longtime member of Denver's bohemian underground, Roseanna's approach to artistic expression blends appreciation of nature with respect for urban culture, including activism. She founded Denver Artists for Rent Control (DenverArtistsforRentControl.com) and has been named one of Westword's “100 Colorado Creatives”. Her current work often combines city vignette, flash fiction, poetry, main stream media, monologue, and/or song into whatever compositions emerge whereby an end result is strengthened by the crossing of genres. Featured in a range of venues including rock stages, public TV, radio, art galleries and festivals, Roseanna has passion for the beauty of literary originality, delivered, alive.
Ryan J.Ryan J. is a spoken word artist based out of Atlanta, Georgia. While Ryan's work ranges from poems about breakup voicemails from Earth to the United States to making movies about time traveling zombies, he prides himself on finding ways to draw audiences in, and challenge their perspectives and ideologies. Ryan is a 2017 TedX Poetry Slam Winner, a 2018 Cave Canem Fellow, and the 2018 Art Amok Poetry Slam Champion. You may also recognize him from NPR's City Lights, Write About Now, or the Season 2 Finale of BET's The Quad.Website
Sam AlbalaSam Albala is a Boulder-based poet, gobbling up horizons and babbling about road trips, tea and anatomical hearts. Website Publication
Samantha PurdySamantha Purdy is from Durango, Colorado and studied English and Performing Arts at Colorado State University. Most recently, she has been living in Costa Rica teaching dance for children and is moving to Los Angeles for commercial and artistic dance this upcoming year.Publication
Sarah RodriguezSarah Rodriguez is a poet, educator, stage-practiced liar, bubblegum enthusiast, wine-led wanderer, failed manic pixie dream girl, Atlantic Ocean runaway, and the editor-in-chief of Punch Drunk Press. She organizes, hosts, and performs at arts events all over the Front Range of Colorado. Her most recent publications include Spit Poet Zine and Stain'd Magazine. You can follow her various exploits and selfies on Instagram Publication
Siphele Sisonke VetiMy name is Siphelele Sisonke Veti, I’m a 20-year-old artist and student from Johannesburg in South Africa. Being an artist was and has been an incredible tool and outlet for me through my journey of self-discovery. I have found that expressing myself and my sexuality and sensuality and my blackness and my identity as a whole through my art had helped me more and so I enjoy sharing parts of it in my photography and poetry, to play with the imagery and the words even though at times they seem distant from each other but there is always a feeling and meaning in that. I’ve realized that photography and how I am able to capture things and capture moments and people allows me to share a piece of myself through these images and through the words so I can hopefully sensitively enkindle memories that we as a collective can relate to.
Sloane KhonstammSloane is passionate about human rights and social justice issues. Since the age of 11, she has been an advocate, passionate about ending human trafficking, specifically child labor. For the last 6 years, she has run and managed Kapadia Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides post-secondary education to hard-working students in developing nations. She is also the Founder and Producer of the Who Cares?! podcast, where she asks individuals what they're most passionate about in life and how they knew that passion was right for them. Sloane lives in Denver and enjoys biking around the city, making soap, and looking at flowers.
Suzi Q. SmithSuzi Q. Smith is an artist, activist, and educator who hails from Denver, Colorado. She holds a degree in English Writing from the University of Colorado at Denver, and she has been performing poetry throughout the United States for over a decade. Her poems have appeared in Union Station Magazine, Suspect Press, La Palabra, Muzzle Magazine, Malpais Review, The Pedestal, The Los Angeles Journal, Denver Syntax, Word is Bond, The Peralta Press, and in the anthologies Diverse-City, His Rib: Anthology of Women, and In Our Own Words, and her chapbook collection of poems, Thirteen Descansos, is available from Penmanship Books. She is currently the co-Chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs.
In addition to working as a teaching artist in Denver, she was the founding Slammaster of Slam Nuba, and spent 12 years in the poetry slam arena as a competing poet, coach, organizer, board member, eventually serving as the Executive Director of Poetry Slam, Inc. from 2014-2018. She placed as a finalist in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2011 and 2013 as well the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2011, she is a Southwest Shootout champion, and she has earned the champion (or co-champion) title at the Taos Poetry Festival: Versing in Converse three times since 2009. In addition, she has worked extensively with youth, serving as a Partner Artist with Youth On Record, and as co-coach of Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Slam, resulting in two championship teams between 2011-2014.
Svetlana YemifenkoI'm a philosophy graduate student from Moscow, Russia, and I spend my free time writing, reading, and drawing.Publication
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Toluwanimi ObiwoleToluwanimi Oluwafunmilayo Obiwole is a Nigerian-born, Colorado-raised poet, educator, and organizer. She was Denver's first Youth Poet Laureate in 2015-2016. Since then, she has completed her Bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies and toured/performed nationally. In 2016 she co-wrote and co-starred in a play called How I Got Over which was featured at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. In 2017 she was announced as one of The Root's 25 Young Futurists. She was a member of SLAM NUBA from 2015-2017, and is co-director of the Slam Nuba organization. In 2017 she was awarded the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award by the University of Colorado Boulder as well as the Black Excellence Award by the University's Black Student Alliance. She is a two time TEDx Mile High speaker and is the author of two chapbooks: OMI EBI MI, and How to Become a Lightning Storm. She writes, hoping to cultivate her own black girl magic while creating space and a platform for people who have yet to realize that their voices are necessary.
Tor EhlerTor Ehler lives in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches literature and writing. His work has been published in Marginalia, Reconfigurations, Contango, and Modern Language Studies, among others.Publication
Wendy McMillanWendy McMillan, lives, writes and plays in Longmont, CO, inspired by the foothills and Rocky Mountains beyond. Her poetry has been published in various journals and collections, including Light Journal of Poetry and Photography, the Punch Drunk Press Colorado Poets anthology 2018, and others. She also writes fiction books in rhyme format for an up-and-coming children's reading program.Publication Website
William S TribellWilliam S. Tribell is a multimedia artist. He sometimes works as a photographer and journalist, receiving a Lighthouse Media Award in 2015. Tribell received a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2016 for poetry and a nomination for 2018 Kentucky Poet Laureate. His work appears in journals and magazines around the world and many of his poems recorded spoken word and with instrumentation can be found online, as well as many film shorts. Tribell was notably featured in the 2015 film "Poetry Is Dead". He thinks sushi is great, and his favorite color is green.Publication