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Poets. Activists. Facilitators.

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Katie Kramer

"Feeling like I need to out my family to save my spot at the gay parade is about as progressive as believing marriage equality was the end of the race."

Katie has toured lgbt festivals, conferences and over 400 college campuses from coast to coast, as well as being a member of a National Poetry Slam Championship team, a finalist at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, short listed for the World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship Competition and she took second place at The Moth Grandslam storytelling contest. Katie is a loud advocate for trans rights, feminism, mental health awareness and doing your darndest to find love through it all. Never afraid of the difficult truths, her show is one part pride parade, one part therapy session, one part rally cry and a million parts healing.

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"The question, "Where are you from?" - in our current America - is a slur disguised with a question mark."

Carlos is a Colombian American poet and educator who has performed at more than 500 colleges and universities and headlined shows in 25 countries. A former public school teacher, he was named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine and is a two-time International Poetry Slam Champion. You may recognize him from his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online. Winner of the 2018 Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize, Carlos is the author of the memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House. He is a proud Latinx and father.

Gender & Sexuality

Story & Social Change

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Identity & Intersectionality

Mental Health & Grief