The Beard Poetry Family
Anna Binkovitz is an internationally touring poet and educator. She has competed on three CUPSI teams, placing second in 2012. A 2014 graduate from Macalester College with an honors degree in Creative Writing, her work has been featured in Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Voicemail Poems, Upworthy, The Huffington Post, and more. The only thing that makes Anna as happy as writing is drinking red wine in the shower.
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Kieran Collier is a Boston-based writer and educator. He is the author of When the Gardener Has Left (Wilde Press, 2015) and This to You (Beard Poetry, 2016). His work has been featured in the anthologies MultiVerse: A Write Bloody Superhero Anthology and Again I Wait for This to Pull Apart. He believes in the intersection of writing and education and that children are smarter than adults. His favorite color is orange.
Clair Dunlap grew up just outside Seattle, WA, and now lives, writes, and teaches preschool in Minneapolis. She is the author of In the Plum Dark Belly, released by Beard Poetry in October 2016. She wants to be a librarian & read books with your kids. Her work can be found in The Harpoon Review, Souvenir, The Fem and more. She is a social media editor for Vagabond City, where you can catch her writing Instagram posts.
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Cristopher Gibson is an emcee, writer, and performer currently living in Saint Paul. He's a fan of coffee, comic books, Corgis, whiskey, and wine. Often blending narrative with stand-up-style comedy writing, Gibson strives to tell specific narratives with wide-reaching delivery. He has published one chapbook, Dysfunctional: Portrait of a Small Town, with Beard Poetry and is currently working on multiple music projects and a poetry manuscript.
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Hasani Harris enjoys writing. Along with writing, he is passionate about performing. The form ranges from Spoken Word to Hip Hop Music. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He doesn't have many accomplishments but has self published a chapbook entitled Sorry, I Tried To Make This Funny, and a book entitled ego alleluia with Beard Poetry. When indulging in performances and writings he enjoys the parts in which he feels like home (even if those feelings are horrible). He doesn't believe home is where the heart is, but more where you can laugh, cry and fart as loud as you want without embarrassment. He is steadily hoping one day all of his laughing, crying and farting will shine in his performances and writings, so listeners and readers can feel at home, too.
Thressa Johnson is a poet and preschool teacher. She has three published poetry projects through Beard Poetry, and has been to the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational four times, between competing and coaching. She hardly ever believes anything without first having written about it, and probably never will.
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Chris Lee-Rodriguez is a musician, poet, and educator. A summa cum laude graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Chris has worked as a teaching artist in both Boston and New York through different non-profit organizations including ZUMIX, Urban Arts, Midori & Friends, and Highbridge Voices, dedicated to giving an arts education to youth in urban communities. In addition to his career as an educator, Chris writes for and performs in the bands People Like You, a Jazz/indie rock band based out of Boston, and Pendejo, a Punk band based out of North Jersey. He is currently working on two full length albums, one for each band, that will be released later this year. As a poet, Chris has published two chapbooks, A Callused Smile and Really From through Beard Poetry. When he is not writing, he overthinks things way too much.
Lewis Mundt is a writer, editor, and event host living in Minneapolis. He is the author of several chapbooks, including REDacted: Erasure poems from Taylor Swift's album Red, and the full-length collection The God of the Whole Animal. In addition to being publisher at Beard Poetry, he is producer and host of the New Sh!t Show Minneapolis, a weekly bingo caller, and 2017 co-organizer of Powderhorn 24, a 24-hour community bike ride in Minneapolis. His work has been published by Paper Darts, Revolver, The Rumpus, and Button Poetry, among others.
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Susan Niz writes across genres. Her short work has appeared in Tipton Poetry Journal, Carnival Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, Blue Bonnet Review, Belleville Park Pages, Ginosko, Opium Magazine, Summerset Review, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry chapbook is Beyond this Amniotic Dream (Beard Poetry). Susan’s novel, Kara, Lost (North Star Press, 2011), was a finalist for a Midwest Book Award for Literary Fiction. She co-facilitated the Young Writers’ Group at Intermedia Arts in 2011-12. She has a Master's Degree in Education and has taught language and literacy in public schools. She has recently found herself in a new role as community organizer.
Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, he has performed as a featured artist all over the United States, has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. He has been a City Pages and Star Tribune Artist of the Year. He is currently program director at The Loft Literary Center, where he started as a receptionist 15 years ago. His first collection of poems, Sông I Sing, was published by Coffee House Press in 2011, and his second collection of poems, Thousand Star Hotel, will be published in summer of 2017, also by Coffee House Press. His first children's book, to be illustrated by Thi Bui, will be published by Capstone Press in the fall of 2017.
Ollie Schminkey is a white, non-binary transgender poet/musician/artist. They facilitate, direct, and host many organizations, including a weekly writing workshop called Well-Placed Commas. They have also represented the Twin Cities in numerous national poetry competitions, and they are the proud author of their second chapbook, You Are Sad and That Sucks a Lot. You can find them touring nationally or in print in a bunch of cool lit mags. Feel free to check them out on their website or on Button Poetry.
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Minneapolis artist Amo Tarvas calls Jackalope Tattoo her home base, where she delights in creating whimsical tattoos. Having graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago with a Bachelor's in Illustration, she favors a painterly and illustrative style, and frequently draws inspiration from children's book art, folklore, and classic cartoons. When she isn't working on skin or happily watercoloring away, she is off riding her bicycle or enjoying snacks with her charming fiancé.
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