This community radio station is lucky to count so many wonderful, engaging creative people among our volunteers. Three of our program hosts have had their art elevated in early 2014. Read more about them below!
Roxanne Anderson, host with the "Fresh Fruit" collective on KFAI and founder/director RARE Productions, Minneapolis
Roxanne has received a 2014 Creative Community Leadership Institute Fellowship from Intermedia Arts. From the Intermedia Arts website: "Roxanne Anderson is a community activist who's been working in social service for some 20-plus years. Currently Roxanne is the Director of The Exchange and directs Minnesota Transgender Health Coalitions programs, is co- owner of Cafe SouthSide, and is the co-founder and director of RARE Productions, a multimedia arts and entertainment company focusing on producing and promoting queer artists of color. In 1999 Roxanne joined the board of the Womyn of Color Building Project, where they got their first taste of Art 4 Social Change. Anderson became known for advocating for queer artists of color to have visibility. In 2001 Anderson began Power to the People (P2P) to give visibility to POC folks at pride. What started as a stand for POC inclusion has become the largest space and stage 2nd only to the 'mainstage.' Anderson knows Art Changes Everything!"
Liz Olds, also known as "The Nighthawk," guest host on many music programs, manages free tickets for listeners, is a jack-of-many-trades at KFAI
Liz Olds is a writer and has been working on her memoir. She recently completed by invitation an intensive writing study at The Loft and is "so happy to tell you my story has been published in an online magazine called bioStories.com." Liz won a contest to have one of her stories featured in March and to have it on the biostories.com
home page. Liz says the piece is called "The Old Spiral Highway" and is about an experience she had while hitchhiking in Washington state. "It is one of my favorite essays that I have written," Liz adds, "about paying it forward and the kindness of strangers (as Blanche DuBois would say!)."
J. Otis Powell (with interrobang), part of the "Mostly Jazz" family and guest host on many music programs
Congratulations to J. Otis Powell for also being selected as a 2014 Fellow for The Creative Community Leadership Institute. From the Intermedia Arts
"J. Otis Powell is a poet working in an aesthetic rooted in Afrocentric lore and culture. His work has been greatly informed by oral traditions in literature, music, and the Black Arts Movement. J. Otis' first art form was theater; his current art form is improviXing life. He has made and found work for almost six decades as an actor, writer, performance artist, television /radio/ stage producer, cultural worker, educator, philosopher, curator, mentor, arts administrator, Open Space Technology facilitator and consultant. Powell studied creative writing with nonfiction writer Gloria Anzaldua and performance poetry with Quincy Troupe. He has been the recipient of a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award, various Jerome Foundation grants, and an Intermedia Arts Interdisciplinary McKnight Fellowship, among other awards."