“Darlin” Nikki Janzen is a poet, artist, and mentor. Described by many as the Janis Joplin of Spoken word, she teaches creative writing as therapy that also bridges gaps between cultures. She has won various poetry Slam titles, including Haiku Slam Champion in 2008, and Milwaukee’s Grand Slam Champion in 2011 & 2007. She has competed on four Milwaukee Slam teams, performs in a variety of shows, facilitates writing workshops, and teaches 8th grade. She has published two chapbooks, has been published in multiple magazines and anthologies, and her poetry CD, Unstitch the Sun, is now available.
Lisa Kundrat has lived in Minnesota, Montana, Washington, Ecuador and Wisconsin in the last 9 years with traveling in between. She now lives near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. After vagabonding around, she's trying a new experiment called staying and thinks she found a good place for it. LK received her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently works at Thomson Reuters as a blog writer, and she is also a freelance editor for the Veterans Book Project.