- Saida Agostini, Poet
Saida Agostini is a queer Afro-Guyanese poet and trash talker. She hails Luther Vandross as the one and only king of silky smooth R&B. A Cave Canem Fellow, her work is featured and forthcoming in the Delaware Poetry Review, Pluck – The Affrilachian Journal of Arts and Culture, TORCH Literary Arts,and the Black Ladies Brunch Collective Anthology, Not Without Our Laugher: Poems of Humor, Joy and Sexuality. She is currently working on her first collection, uprisings in a state of joy. Saida will be sharing poetry exploring a range of themes from abuse to love, survival and historical resilience.
- Jo Tyler, Storyteller
Jo Tyler is “new” to Baltimore, having moved here just 12 years ago (and now it’s her forever home!). She’s often in disguise as a university professor, but really she’s a storyteller, visual artist, bike rider, and a ukulele player. If she’s not making mosaics or riding her bike, you can bet she’s got a story up one sleeve, and a song up the other. Jo will be sharing her piece “But I Knew”, a rollercoaster story about discovery, and secrets, and the importance of libraries. She’ll wrap up her set with a well-known tune, so that you all can sing along!
- Marca Cassity, Musician
The product of her Osage Native American ancestry and blue-collar sweat, hard work is no mystery to Marca Cassity, and it shows in her art and her expression. Born gender queer in the bible belt, her music speaks to overcoming hardship through resilience, connection to nature, humor, love, spirituality, and heritage. On stage, Marca embraces her audiences with music, wit, ease and wisdom.
- Samantha Kelly, Comedian
Samantha Kelly is a stand up comic living in Baltimore. Cats and queers are her favorite people. She’s a member of sketch video group ‘Tasteless Buds’ and you can catch her performing for drunks in dive bars throughout Charm City. Samantha’s trashy and vulgar stand up reflects her life. She doesn’t purposefully try to offend, but conveys brutal honesty in jokes and bits ranging from a number of topics, from body image and misogyny to being a lesbian phone sex operator.
- Jacqueline Boxx, Burlesque
Jacqueline Boxx is the only Baltimore burlesque performer who brings her wheelchair, her canes, and her leg braces on stage and makes them both visible and enticing! Her background before disability involved trapeze, hooping, cabaret, theater, bellydance, swing dance, ballet, and numerous other kinds of performance art, including touring with The Dresden Dolls as part of their Brigade. Her mobility decreased gradually and these performance outlets lessened as well. Jacqueline has performed in burlesque festivals in Las Vegas, Boston, Albuquerque, Colorado, and New York City.
- Freddie and Chris Jay from Pretty Boi Drag