Artist and organizer out of Denver, April Edwards works to preserve their city’s culture by preserving their city’s artistic expression. April’s performance art rep’s West Denver while moving through themes of survival and reclaiming one’s narrative. April’s been a member of Minor Disturbance since they competed with the team in 2015. Now Director of Outreach for Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Collective, April actively affirms and enables Colorado’s youth’s expressed agency in their pursuit of collective healing.
Morgynne Tora is a Fijian creative based in Denver, Colorado who's art is a revival of Talanoa, a form of Pacific Island storytelling. Morgynne was a part of Minor Disturbance as a youth and won 4th at the Brave New Voices International Slam Competition in 2015 with their team, and now leads the Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Collective as Director of Operations. Morgynne is outspoken about gentrification, the re-indigenization of performance art, and empowering youth of color to employ their innate tools for self and collective healing.
Ayla sullivan-Culture Keeper
Performance is in Ayla Sullivan’s blood. Denver’s newest Youth Poet Laureate competed with the Minor Disturbance youth poetry slam team at the Brave New Voices national finals and is now a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder. Though young in years, Sullivan is not only a poet, but also an actor, singer and a non-binary LGBTQ, black and Vietnamese mixed-race activist.
Toluwanimi Obiwole-Culture keeper
Toluwanimi Obiwole is a Nigerian poet, performer, and workshop facilitator based in Denver, Colorado. She is a Brave New Voices international slam champion, a Denver city slam champion, and author of an upcoming chapbook. She has been a member of the Denver Minor Disturbance youth poetry team, and is currently a member of the 2015 Slam Nuba poetry team.
In 2015 she was announced as Denver's first Youth Poet Laureate.
Ken Arkind is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work in 49 States, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, and is the current Director of the Denver Youth Poet Laureate program.