Anya Pearson is an award-winning playwright, poet, producer, actress, and activist. She is currently launching a BIPOC collective through Corporeal Writing, finishing her debut collection of poetry, writing three pilots, launching a BIPOC-owned, PDX-based clothing label, and constantly plotting, planning, devising, creating, imagining, and revising visions of a better, more just world.
A Northwestern University journalism graduate, Nicky Nicholson-Klingerman has been published in numerous literary magazines and media outlets, and performed spoken word and slam poetry pieces for over a decade. Her work focuses on life as an Afroindigenous queer artist navigating a system not made for her.
Chloe Fulmer is a generously kind and compassionate young woman. While attending Roosevelt High School, she wrote and produced this video about being bullying because of her autism. “I wanted to speak my truth,” she said, “and make sure other people understand my story.” Chloe is attending Portland Community College, and plans to transfer to Portland State University. Her career goal is to become a journalist or creative writer, which she has been working toward since she was in elementary school.
Marilyn T. Keller, 2016 Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame Inductee, is a 38-year veteran of music and stage performance in Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Pop, Blues, and theater, nationally and internationally. Her musical roots are diverse. Marilyn has built a career that has taken her as a feature artist to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Russia and the UK for concerts, festivals, nightclubs and recording work.
Belise Nishimwe is a rising senior at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon. Extremely passionate about social justice, international relations, and law especially as it pertains to immigrants and their rights, Nishimwe was born and lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania until the age of five, when she and her family moved to America through Catholic Charities. Now a U.S. citizen, she has dedicated herself to be someone who can create a platform that gives a voice to immigrants and refugees and the representation they need.
Jeanette Mmunga is one of the youth co-founders of I Am M.O.R.E. (iammoreresilient.com). Her goal is to become an empowerment speaker and mid-wife, helping other Black girls and women give birth to their innate creativity, their sense of purpose, and their empowered resiliency.
AGE is honored to spotlight Karen Kitchen (Osage Nation), a vocalist, performer, song carrier, and storyteller. Thank you for performing and sharing the poem, “For Calling The Spirit Back From Wandering The Earth In Its Human Feet” by Joy Harjo. It is from the book titled Conflict Resolution For Holy Beings.
AGE is honored to spotlight Patty Kinswa-Gaiser in our AGE is a Gift series. Patty is an Elder member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. She is Taidnapaum Cowlitz which means “Upper Cowlitz”. The tribe originates in Eastern Lewis County to Cowlitz Prairie in Toledo, Washington.
Holidays for Humanity
December 10, 2018 | 7:00pm-9:00pm
Phase 1 Application – February 1-28th