AdeOlomo has been teaching and performing for over forty years from the Lincoln Center in New York to Yamoussoukro in West Africa. She has taught in many prestigious institutions, including The Ohio State University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland State University. AdeOlomo has won countless awards, including two ACE Awards, four Philo T. Farnsworth Awards, and a special commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives. She is currently the President of KenYetta Company, Cultural Arts Director of the Garden Valley Neighborhood Center, an Artist-Educator with Afojabe African Village, and Theater Director of Djapo Cultural Arts Institute.
SIAARA FREEMAN is from Cleveland Ohio, where she is the current Lake Erie Siren. Siaara is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a finalist for the 2017 Button Poetry Chapbook Competition, a 2017 Bettering American Poet and Best of the Net Poet, a 2018 Winter Tangerine Chapbook Fellow, and a 2018 Poetry Foundation Incubator Fellow. Siaara is a four-year Pink Door Fellow and 2018 Pink Door Faculty member. She is a teaching artist for Center for Arts Inspired Learning and The Reaching Associate for the Anisfield-Wolf Sisterhood Project. She is also a 2020 Watering Hole Manuscript Fellow, and a 2020/2021 CPT Premiere Fellow. Her work appears in The Offing, BOAAT, Tinderbox, Josephine Quarterly, Pinch, Cahoodling, Crabfat. and elsewhere. She is the co-founder of Outsiders Queer Midwest Writers Retreat. In her spare time, she is growing her afro so tall God mistakes it for a microphone and tries to speak through her. Chances are she’s by a lake, thinking about Toni Morrison, and talking to ghosts.