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Brandi Douglas is a Tacoma-based poet who began writing at the age of 13. Her identity as an Indigenous/Mexican/Creole and queer-identified woman has helped her to create medicine through the written word for nearly two decades.
Tomicia Blunt writes on the beauty and hardship of being a black woman; love and the complexities when unrequited; spirituality and worship; and belonging: to a body, community, and society. Her work is both personally cathartic and, she hopes, a catalyst for change and healing for others.
Born in the beautiful city of Tacoma, Mushawn Knowles is a Black Non-binary Queer musician, poet, and spoken word artist. In the process of crafting their own unorthodox style over the years, artistic expression has become a haven, escape, and outlet for their lived experience and imaginations.
Emily Harman is a queer Seattle-based writer whose poetry explores the relationship between grief, spirituality, and the wilderness. She aims to give herself to the craft of writing and the act of exploring in an ongoing process of growing into herself, even through the hardest seasons.