2018 Artists


Join us for Daisuke's April 24th CoLab!


Daisuke Shen is a queer Asian-American femme originally from Greenville, SC. They are a current MFA candidate in creative nonfiction and GTA at the Univeristy of North Carolina Wilmington, as well as an editorial assistant for the Asian American Literary Review. They are one of the co-founders of Athenian Press & Workshops, a non-profit dedicated to serving women and femme-identifying writers in the Southeast.

Tim Joyner

Join us for Tim's CoLab on April 11th!

Tim Joyner is a well-known, well-loved local Wilmington poet who mentors and support youth through poetry


Cynthia Cooke

Join us for Cynthia's March 28 CoLab!


Cynthia Cooke moved to Wilmington 16 years ago.She spent most of her adult years living on the shores of lake michigan but  came here to return to the salty seas which are deeply rooted from  her childhood on the southern Jersey Shore.  Cynthia who prefers to go by "CYN" graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts and has been teaching art and social justice theater her whole life. She worked for several years at Dreams in downtown Wilmington writing and producing  theater for social change  and teaching painting drawing and design. Cyn now teaches private lessons in her home art studio and is an avid painter. When not behind a canvas you can usually find her on a body board at the beach or digging in the dirt.




Austin Mays

Join us for Austin's March 14 CoLab!

Austin Blake Mays is a Wilmington-born, multimedia artist — who fell in love with the creative process when his parents enrolled him in community art lessons at five-years-old. He works primarily in pen and ink, and photography — the majority of his work is within the realm of self-portraiture as a way to document his daily life as a queer person in the 21st century, as well as the ups and downs of living with chronic depression. He is also a writer, designer, and lead vocalist in his band, Vacation Boys. You can follow him and his journey on instagram and twitter: @austinblakemays.

2017 Artists

Katie Jones

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Katie Jones lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she is a poet, designer, and the manager of technical writing at nCino. She received an MFA in Poetry from UNC Wilmington in 2014, and her work is available in Rust + Moth, Grist Online Companion, BOAAT, and others. As a queer woman and intersectional feminist, she is passionate about increasing queer visibility and working against the forces of oppression in the world. 


Laura Price Steele



Laura Price Steele is a baker in Wilmington, North Carolina. She led a CoLab centered around "Flour Power: Baking + Self-Care," where participants explored food baking as art, and gained self-care tips as they kneaded.


Kelly Rae WIlliams


For the last 10 years, Kelly Rae Williams has had a true passion for connecting women and artists through community programming. After working for five women's nonprofits in North Carolina, Kelly Rae has been responsible for starting three women's organizations both on the college level and in the community. Kelly is an active member in the North Carolina poetry slam community and has traveled the U.S. competing in national and world poetry slams. Kelly Rae believes that starting Poet.she Performing Arts is truly her greatest achievement. Kelly Rae's published her first book in 2012, Real Girls Have Real Problems. Her recent work has been seen in Requiem Magazine, Dirty Chai, Tishman Review, and Obsidian Magazine. She is a finalist in the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Prize; she was recently selected as a winner of the Fem Lit Magazine Contest, and was a winner of the online Voicemail Poetry contest. Her work hangs in the Cameron Arts Museum exhibit, She Tells a Story. She is a staff-editor of the QU Lit Mag and is a recent graduate of the Queens University MFA low-residency program in Charlotte NC.



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