Keyante Saxon, aka KT the Conscious Poet is a poet/lyricist from Lansing, MI that uses linguistic creativity, to bring thought provoking content in an effort to understand consciousness and share perspective on shared reality. He uses art to build community, provide safe space for expression and to uplift & encourage the next generation. KT is a creative idealist and proprietor of love. He also operates as a business owner, (The Conscious Streamers, LLC) an arts and Entertainment Company that throws various events to build community and create change. Keyante has collaborated with The Ace of Diamonds, Mila Lynn for Compose & Color, & Black is King, & is currently collaborating with Torrey Gray on upcoming project that will premiere in December 2021.
KT has performed at The Poetry Room, The Artist’s Umbrella: Art is Shelter, Sycamore Creek Church, the One Love Global Black Renaissance Festival, Annual Truth Racial Healing & Transformation Conference, WERD Studio Atlanta, Apache XLR Lounge Atlanta, as well as prominent open mics in Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, & Lansing, MI. He has also been featured in the "517 Voices" show put on by Alexis Rosado, & recently hosted the 2021 Juneteenth Festival in Lansing, MI. His newest endeavor is a weekly open mic every Thursday eventing called “Conscious Streaming” that takes place at One Love Global in Lansing. Keyante’s mission is to build loving, diverse and creative bridges connecting communities through artistic expression.
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Rue Anarchy is a passionate raw emotion based artist. “Subtlety explosive in the nature in which I present thy. Oscillating between mysterious and fathomable while displaying the multifaceted nature of true being. A most uniquely peculiar way to relay messages to thee, I suppose. I am.”
Rue Anarchy is a messenger here to cultivate an adventurous, imaginative, and sociably in tune community of expansion minded beings who resonate with each other. Rue Anarchy is a way of being, here to show people how to grow out of the survival fear based way of life and transition into a more expansive love based way of living life. This message is currently distributed through Poetry, Music and Speech.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Rue mainly work as an artist in Detroit, Lansing, & Grand Rapids, MI, as well as in Dallas and Houston, TX. He has performed at El Club, Grand Valley State University, Compose & Color, Gee Love presents Fight Night, Define Detroit and Poetry & Punchlines. Rue has been featured in LA Wire, and he recorded a song named Hard Body which was co-signed & featured DMX. Rue holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies with emphasis in Entrepreneurship.
“To be genuine in true self is inspiration thus being the spark of Genius” - Rue Anarchy
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Casey McVay is a multimedia artist from Stockbridge, MI who creates work centered around introspectiveness based on science, philosophy, and personal observations. She draws in graphite and occasionally paints, sings, sculpts, writes short stories, writes & recites poetry, and the occasional song. Casey is mostly self-trained after studying art for 4 years of it in high school. Much of Casey’s creative inspiration comes in the car. “I can't list the amazing things I've thought of while having to drive.”
Casey comes from a family of artists. Her dad is an amazing photographer based in traditional darkroom techniques with decades of experience (Casey is planning on drawing one of his pieces for Christmas), and her mom has a lot of experience with drawing, painting, sculpting, and knitting. Casey has graced the stages of both The Poetry Room, & The Artist’s Umbrella, the latter of which is where she volunteers as Tech Manager in addition to performing.
“I’m just a girl trying to figure out if reality is real, or if I'm just a Boltzmann Brain of coagulated mass that formed out of nothing and everything ever is imaginary.”
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Dr. Cheryl Caesar is a professor of writing at Michigan State University who makes and performs poetry, sings, and makes art with charcoal, watercolor, acrylics and collage. Born in Ann Arbor, Cheryl later lived in Lansing, Riverside CA, Paris, Tuscany and Sligo (Republic of Ireland). She has performed at poetry readings at MICA Gallery, Urban Beat, Acoustic Coffeehouse, Grand Ledge District Library, Okemos District Library, Wednesday Night Poets, East Lansing Art Festival, Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, Michigan College English Association, Windwalker Gallery, Voices of Michigan Poets, The Artists' Umbrella, The Poetry Room, Serendipity Bookstore in Chelsea, The Ballsians, Skazat!, The Crafted Bean, Nuyorican Poets Café, Reo Town Readings, The Social Gap. She has also facilitated poetry workshops for the Lansing Poetry Club.
Cheryl was the winner of the third prize in Singapore Unbound international poetry contest; honorable mention in Poetry Super Highway. The winner of the "All-age" scholarship to Social Justice Week Writing workshop at Fine Arts Work Center in Providence, Massachusetts which was awarded by Indolent Books. She studied comparative literature (English, American, French and Russian) at the Sorbonne, where she earned her doctorate. Cheryl has given readings with Ruelaine Stokes, Mary Anna Scenga Kruch, Marylinda Fox, Melinda Pope, & Margaret Krusinga. Cheryl began drawing and painting more intensively during the shutdown. Her visual artwork has now appeared in the anthology Words Across the Water (including on the cover) and the literary magazine After the Pause.
Cheryl comes from a talented family of writers. Her father and her paternal grandmother were both professional writers. Her father wrote fiction and nonfiction about American history and natural history, and her grandmother wrote "women's fiction." Cheryl has published poetry in the U.S., Germany, India, Bangladesh, Yemen and Zimbabwe. She contributed to local anthologies The Social Gap, Buzz Zine and Rejoice Everyone! A Reo Town Reading Anthology. She is a board member of the Lansing Poetry Club and is co-editing, with President Ruelaine Stokes, an anthology on the theme of the Lansing poetry scene in the "old days" (anywhere from the seventies to the early aughts.) Cheryl and her work have been featured in the City Pulse. Reviews of her chapbook Flatman have appeared in The Blue Nib, The Poetry Café, Panoply and The Mark Literary Review. She has been interviewed as Poet of the Month on Poetry in the Bar.
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Anna Rose is an emerging mixed media artist who grew up around Charlotte and Portland, MI. She makes surreal art, pour paintings, and custom pet portraits. Now residing in the Lansing area, Anna recently began selling her art as a vendor at the Artist’s Umbrella. She has created art throughout most of her life, but has only recently begun seeking a platform to share her art with the world.
Anna comes from a talented family of artists. Her great grandmother was an artist, and her mother got her into art at a very young age. She began finger painting around a year old. In addition to visual art, Anna also likes to create music. She has a degree in psychology, and works in the health care field as a therapist who works with kids on the autism spectrum. Anna values her work because it gives her rewarding opportunities to make life-changing impacts on the lives of her clients.
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