Based in in Baltimore, Abdu Ali raps, sings, and chats over unorthodox and future sounds, creating music that’s visceral, spiritual, and very real.
Championing Baltimore Club music in the fabric in most of his beats, through his work as a curator of Kahlon (an epic bimonthly music event), writings, and outspokenness via social media/interviews Ali, has been elected as a radical underground Baltimore music and cultural figure.
Ashley D. DeHoyo was born and raised in Baytown, a small town outside of Houston, Texas, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She serves as a Fellow in the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance’s Urban Arts Leadership Fellowship and is a Masters in Fines Arts Candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art. For the past year‐and‐a‐half, she has been researching and developing TRACES, Ni de aquí, Ni de allá, a curatorial thesis project about the cultural complexities of Latinidad. Ashley is a curator, writer and photographer with a passion for topics associated representation, identity politics and how culture is produced or influenced by visual art and heritage.
MARISELA GOMEZ "Is Anyone Listening?"
Marisela B Gomez is a writer, activist, public health researcher, physician. Her interest is in exploring the effects and remedies of neoliberalization on community rebuilding, policing, and health outcomes. Mindfulness in the study and practice of justice to assure our processes toward equity are consistent with the outcomes we seek is the base of her work
MALAIKA CLEMENTS "30 Tips for Everyday Revolution"
Malaika Aminata Clements is a freelance life experiencer whose ultimate purpose is to promote self-acceptance and understanding through creative expression. In 2013 she graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Print Journalism, and had since worked on a number of different projects that use the mediums of writing, videography, photography, music, dance, and theatre, to share stories that are often ignored.
Through OurNature, a creative catalyst co-founded by Malaika in 2010, Malaika aims to build community by creating spaces where genuine human interaction can take place.
MARIA MARTIN "Creation Theory"
Maria Martin is a writer who works as nanny in Charleston, SC where she spends her days reciting poems to a helpless baby on beautiful John's Island.
HENRY MILLS "ON OUR WAY TO THE MASTER'S HOUSE"
Henry Mills is a poet, musician and teacher from Silver Spring, Maryland. His poems have appeared in Folio, RiverSedge, and Border Crossing. Currently he’s an MFA poetry candidate at New York University.
NIA HAMPTON "Olhar para sua Tia"
Nia Hampton is an emerging writer, avoiding Sallie Mae in South America. Using the angst-filled poetry she wrote during her high school and college career, she published an eBook to help fund a trip to Rio de Janeiro, where she began documenting the interesting experience of being black in Brazil. This was in 2014, 3 months after graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a degree in Media and Communications Studies. Nia is still in Brazil, in the city of Salvador specifically. Some people would say she is stuck in Brazil, she would agree. Her published work includes a poem entitled “For Regular Girls” published in 2013 for Blackberry Literary Magazine; and a creative nonfiction essay entitled, “Oil on Linen” published in Bartleby Literary Magazine in 2013. “Oil on Linen” also won Best Creative Nonfiction Essay that same year. The work she is most proud of is “Shame” a 10-minute play about secrecy and lesbianism during the 1950s, which was produced in 2013 at the Variations Project Play Festival in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Traci Spacek is a preschool teacher and writer living in Baltimore, MD. Her fiction focuses on the vulnerable intersections of anxiety, sex, STI’s, being alone, and romantic friendship. She received her bachelor’s in Literary Studies and Religious Studies from Beloit College in 2014, where she focused on constructions of whiteness, secularity and modernity in the US and in Jamaica. She spends most of her time thinking about the relationships of feminism to: pop culture, body image/health, social media, race, sexuality, gender, and early education.