Melanie Stevens is the co-founder, editor, and an instructor of Miss Anthology, an organization that supports and publishes racially and economically diverse young comic artists who identify as female or LGBTQIA+. She is the co-curator of Nat Turner Project, a migratory, radical gallery space that grants artists of color the freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation. She is also the writer and illustrator of the upcoming graphic novel series, WaterShed, a love and death story about America through the lens of race. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree for Political Science from Yale University and her Master’s of Fine Arts degree for Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Jaleesa Johnston is a mixed media artist currently working in Portland, OR. Her work explores the ruptured and queer existence of the black female body as both subject and object through performance, video, photography, sculpture and collage. Working with her body as material, Jaleesa uses its malleability and symbolism to conjure new narratives that suggest blackness as a liminal site for personal and communal transformation.
A native of Memphis, TN; Kalimah Abioto began playing the drums at 3, writing in elementary school and makings films in high school centered around dreams, sexuality and the nexus between Black people, humans, freedom and the natural-spirit worlds. She received her BA in film and video from Hollins University and is a co-creator, along with her four sisters of The People Could Fly Project, a multimedia project documenting the dreams and stories of people in the African Diaspora. Kalimah has worked with different artists and groups including Afropop Worldwide, Holy Mojo, The Black Portlanders, Spirit Law Center, Diamond Law, and others that value life force.
Wizard Apprentice is an independent electronic music producer, motion graphics and live performance artist. She is also a facilitator for a self-reflection-based skillshare that focuses on compassionately bringing awareness to "negative" emotions. As a highly-sensitive introvert, her multimedia projects are strategies for energetically managing an overwhelming world.