Aris: Aris Kian Brown is a performance and page poet from the University of Houston. She has work
published in Underground Journal, Panoplyzine, Defunkt Magazine and Write About Now. She is an MFA candidate for poetry and is an inaugural member of CoogSlam, who took 4th in the 2019 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). When she isn’t writing, she’s probably watching Grey’s Anatomy or spending too much time on Twitter.
Aris’ work features an affinity to metaphors of Blackness, the struggles of academia, and well-placed shiny objects.
Kell: Kell Jettson Bernardo is an interdisciplinary artist from Houston, TX. His writing, music, and visual art deals with pop culture and the theme of reconciling the past. He’s worked with Dinolion in their immersive theatre show Lionshare. He’s currently working on creating a score for a narrative podcast and recording an EP. When he’s not trying to be budget-friendly Donald Glover, he likes to impress his friends with bad jokes.
Keagan: Keagan is a musician and creative writer from the University of Houston. His poetry often focuses on transgender identity and how others, especially family, interact with that identity, though his more recent poetry starts thinking through how congenital heart disease impacts his identity. His work has been featured on Volumes 20, 21, and 22 of Glass Mountain. He has also been published by Z Publishing in Texas’s Best Emerging Poets, the Fall 2018 issue of The Tulane Review, and Shards Issue 4 and 7.
Keagan speaks on FTM identity, masculinity, and the impact of identity on embodiment.
April: April Lim is a Chinese Cambodian American poet from Houston, TX. She graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston where her poetry received the Howard Moss Prize in Poetry and the Bryan Lawrence Prize in Poetry. She has received fellowships from MVICW and The Watering Hole. Her work has been published in The Blueshift Journal, Glass Mountain Literary Magazine, and the Mekong Review. She works full-time as a Technical Editor for an IT & Solutions company.
April Lim speaks on diaspora, inherited trauma, superstitions, survival, and the refugee’s process in finding a new home when home no longer exists.
Durmerrick: Durmerrick Ross is a performance poet from Fort Worth, Texas. Durmerrick’s work centers around racial injustice, the Black experience in America, queer identity, and the Black faith tradition. Durmerrick is a 2-time National HBCU Poetry Slam champion, 2015 Brave New Voices finalist, and author of Always Never Dead: 25 Poems for My Son. When Durmerrick is not writing poetry, he is thrift shopping or hanging out with his fraternity (AΦΑ) brothers.
Durmerrick speaks on racial injustice, Black liberation theology, and the shortcomings of masculinity.
Michael: M.C. Zendejas is a fiction writer, artist-activist, and English tutor from Houston, Texas. His work is featured in BULL: Men’s Fiction, Drunk Monkeys Literature + Film, Z Publishing’s anthology: Texas’s Best Emerging Writers, UNDERGROUND, Five2One Magazine, Your Impossible Voice, and X-R-A-Y Magazine. His debut chapbook, Swimming Through the Void, was published earlier this year and explores themes of class, the Latinx experience, and gender. He enjoys death metal and kickboxing.
Michael speaks to issues of race (specifically the Latinx experience), class, gender, and more.
Calvin: Calvin King is a performance poet born and raised in Houston, TX. He was part of the 2019 MetaFour, Houston youth poetry slam team. In his free time, he is either ranting about pro-wrestling or binging Marvel movies.
King’s work explores identity and pop culture.
Becca Dominguez is a member of the inaugural cohort of the WITS Emerging Writers Fellowship Program. She is a Junior Playwriting/Dramaturgy major at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. In 2019, Dominguez was an intern for WITS Creative Writing camp where she fell in love with teaching. Her coming of age play “Plan B” has been produced at the UH Ten Minute Play Festival and most recently, her full-length Latinx coming out play “Quien Amas” has won a spot to be produced at the TETA Playfest.