For over 30 years, Monica Palacios has created performances and plays featuring the LGBTQ Latinx experience. Monica won the Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Award 2021. Palacios is featured in: STAND UP STAND OUT, winner of Best Documentary Santa Fe Film Festival 2021, about the first gay comedy club in the nation, San Francisco 1980s. Palacios was the Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College Spring 2019. Monica has received numerous awards, including Latinx LGBTQ Trailblazer 2017 from the city of Los Angeles. Monica Palacios Day was declared by LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Oct 12, 2012. Monica received a Postdoctoral Rockefeller Fellowship from UCSB.
Celeste Yim is a writer from Toronto, Canada. Celeste is currently a writer for Saturday Night Live. In 2020, they received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2019, Celeste was the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts “Canadian Women Artists’ Award for Playwriting”. Celeste was named one of “30 Canadian Women in Comedy To Watch in 2018” by Brunch Club, one of “Canada’s Top 100 Notable Women in 2017” according to Flare Magazine, and “racist to whites” by a Twitter user. Celeste is an alumnus of The University of Toronto and of the Bob Curry Fellowship at The Second City Toronto. Celeste uses they/them pronouns and the online handle @celestrogen.
Megan Xotchilt is a queer Xicana from South L.A. Their playwriting explores the function of intergenerational memory in spiritual healing and cultural cuentos. Daydreaming, long-distance running, and falling on roller skates is what sustains her to be able to show up before the page. Meg has earned the Theresa Cha Fellowship from UC Berkeley, and performed a co-written piece for the 2018 UC Berkeley Vagina/Our Monologues titled, Nuestras Mujeres. You can find her on Instagram @me6gy.
Camille Washington is a playwright and the Co-Director of Good Company Theatre, Utah’s only Black-owned theatre. In 2019, Camille was named the David Ross Fetzer Foundation Emerging Playwright, and her play Oda Might was produced at Plan-B Theatre (Salt Lake City). She has written several pieces for Good Company Theatre, including the musical Odettes For The Holidays, the satires Catharsis and Catharsis Two, and the revue You Bet Your Black Ass, Broadway. Before her current posts, Camille served as Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Utah (2006), and her MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute (2009). CamilleWashington.com; Insta: @okthisone.
Lane Michael Stanley is a transgender director, playwright, filmmaker, and producer. Lane has won Best Director from City Paper’s Best of Baltimore 2016, The Bad Oracle, and DC Metro Theatre Arts, and received the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award. Their first feature film ADDICT NAMED HAL premiered at the 2021 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Their films have shown at festivals including Toronto Short Film Festival and Big Apple Film Festival. Their plays have been produced and developed by 19 theaters in 8 states. They completed their MFA in Directing at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, please visit www.lanemichaelstanley.com and www.addictnamedhal.com.
andie millares is a writer, crop top devotee, and earring maker from New Jersey. She is Kundiman Poetry Fellow and serves on the organization’s Junior Board. Currently living in Brooklyn with the world’s most handsome cats, her work has been published in Catapult, Reductress, Foglifter Journal, Underblong, and elsewhere. For thirst traps and crafts, follow her on Instagram @andiewillalwaysloveu. For thirst traps and erratic thoughts about the end of empire, follow her on Twitter @andiemillares.
storäe michele is a black queer, shape-shifting, non-binary femme, afro-futurist performer + storäe-teller. their creative practice builds a present + embodied archive of black femme futures + aliveness. their first film, [the listening heart], was officially selected for film festivals internationally + domestically. her upcoming piece, [claustrophobia], is supported by Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics & Social Justice. storäe, a Pratt Institute alum (MPS, ‘08; MFA, ‘21), is heavily inspired by badass femmes of the funk era + can be spotted in big hair, leopard print + bright, kaleidoscopic, fuzzy garments. follow on IG: @storae.michele
Raised in Arizona, Elliot decided that 120 degree summers weren’t for him and relocated to California for college. He graduated from Pitzer College in 2018 with a B.A. in theater with a focus on playwriting. With a drive to share his story, he’s been published several times but he’s always working on something new. He’s an avid fan of exploring his own complex relationship with gender, family, and culture through writing. He enjoys playing D&D on the weekend and getting caught in the rain. Catch him on Twitter @eleldelmots.
Anthony Green (@AnthonyGreen3576) is a writer/director from Memphis, TN but resides in Washington, DC. He’s served as an English professor at both Columbia College as well as the University of Memphis. His work has been featured in Glint Literary Journal, Black Magnolias and Polychrome Ink. He’s also the winner of the DC Black Theater Festival’s One Act battle in the comedy category in 2019. His collection of short stories, #BlackGayStoriesMatter is currently available on Amazon. His final play before the pandemic, When Boys Exhale closed last year. His debut film, The Souls of Black Pebbles will be released Summer 2021. He’s also the founder of Cagedbirds Productions, which affirms black, queer storytelling. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys jigsaw puzzles, frozen margaritas, and primetime soap operas.
Rukmini Girish grew up in Chennai, India, and lives in Chicago, Illinois. After studying sociology and creative writing (Augustana College, Columbia College Chicago), while working on as much theatre as she could, she still hasn’t shaken a fascination with how we perform our various identities. She’s published nonfiction in Essay Daily and Litro Magazine, and performed solo work at the Chicago Theatre Marathon. Her solo piece ABCD was developed through Piven Theatre’s Lab Series. Find her sitting by the lake after a long bike ride on a perfect summer’s day. @rukmini_girish
Jaime Estepa (@_jaimest) is a queer, Filipino American spoken word artist, playwright, and aspiring TV writer who grew up on unceded Southern Paiute land (Las Vegas, NV). He has performed spoken word in venues across Southern California including the La Jolla Playhouse, and his play, The Mojave, earned a staged reading at The Old Globe’s 2020 Powers New Voices Festival. In collaboration with The Old Globe and Diversionary Theatre, other short plays by Estepa appeared in San Diego’s 2020 Virtual Pride. He is descended from 20th century migrant Filipino/a/x laborers who worked on Alaskan fishing boats and the farms of Hawai’i and Northern California. He swears some must’ve been queer, too.
Lulu is a queer playwright raised and based in Philly. Their current plays (under development) explore modern sexuality and gender identity, hoping to engage with messiness and ambiguity. Main goal though is a good joke. Lulu studied playwriting and queer theory at Bard College, and is currently in graduate school to become a psychotherapist. Lulu is passionate about fighting for the autonomy of sex workers who use drugs through their 5+ years helping run a mutual-aid based harm reduction group. When not too burnt out and cranky, Lulu can be found watching a 76ers game while contemplating going to a queer dance party. They can also be found ranting on twitter: @queerwhosneers.