Roshaé M. Lowe
Nic Masangkay is a Seattle-based community musician and poet. They graduated in 2016 from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Notable highlights include Buzzfeed, Autostraddle, and Tumblr features for poem “My Gender Is for Mothers”; 2018 Jack Straw Cultural Center Artist Assistance Program Resident; 2019 4Culture Arc Artist Fellow; and independent singer-songwriter-producer alt-pop releases with EP Dark at Dusk: the Final Suicide (2019), singles “Star” (2021) and “Mothers” (2022). Aside from their solo work, Masangkay regularly collaborates with music, movement, and film artists, for remixing, scoring, production, and live sound. As they move to create more intergenerational and all-ages art, working with young people as a teaching artist is a budding focus of their practice. In their music, poetry, collaborations, teaching, and everyday life, Nic generously shares their perspective on the transformative potential of cultural work. More at www.nicmasangkay.com.
Derek Hoshiko, a Japanese American, is a climate and social justice organizer based in rural Island County, Washington with a background in community-based economic development, local living economies, sustainable local food systems, and the tech sector. After spending his entire life watching little to no progress stopping global warming, he eschews “outmoded mainstream” and purely political, scientific, and technological approaches. Instead he focuses on a humanist and anti-oppressive approach that includes emotional processing (especially of grief) as a way to break down denial; supporting of people in transition and transformation; building broader more inclusive movements through anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and intersectional organizing; and by supercharging organizing with innovative capacity building tools.
More at www.forthepeople.earth.
Ben Yisrael is a multi-genre creative that uses visual art, written and performance poetry, and essays in storytelling. The Individual World Poetry Slam 17th ranked poet in 2012, and the National Poetry Slam Haiku Champion in 2014. He is the co-founder of Mic Check, one of the longest-running poetry readings in Texas, and is a founder and curator at Alchemy Poetry Series in Seattle, WA. He released his debut poetry collection “A Gorgeous New Language” in August of 2020.