Nicholas Bell attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned his BA in Creative Writing. He then went on to pursue his graduate degree at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina where he received an MFA in Poetry. He now works as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Nebraska Writers Collective, where he also serves as a Core Teaching Artist for the annual youth poetry festival known as Louder than a Bomb. He is the program director of Writers Block, which brings local artists into prisons to teach poetry workshops to inmates throughout Nebraska.
Devel Crisp is a Spoken Word Poet, Actor and Teaching Artist for the Nebraska Writers Collective and the Omaha Community Playhouse. He has traveled across the US as the 2016 Omaha Slam Poetry Champion and won an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Performance Poet in 2017.
Gina Keplinger has competed at both the National Poetry Slam (NPS) and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). In July 2018, she was awarded a writing residency with the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her creative work can be found in Black Heart Magazine, Leopardskin & Limes, Shot Glass Journal, and Nebraska's Emerging Writers. She is currently pursuing an MA in English at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Pat McEvoy has served as an NWC Teaching Artist since 2012 and has been a Core Teaching Artist for the past three years. He has extensive performance poetry experience, including competing on three teams at the National Poetry Slam. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Celie Knudsen is a poet and spoken word artist based out of Lincoln, Nebraska. She has competed at CUPSI, the national college poetry slam, twice in Chicago and Philadelphia and is the coordinator of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln fall poetry slam series. She is the winner of the 2017 Irby F. Wood Prize in poetry and has been published in Laurus Magazine.
Colleen O'Doherty has had her poems published in 13th Floor (2018), Burnt District and The Flatwater Stirs (2017). Her plays have been produced with Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee (2017), Cone Man Running Productions in Huston (2017), Cleveland Public Theater (2018), Funky Little Theater Company in Colorado Springs (2018) and What's On Tom Productions in Kilkenny, Ireland (2018), among others. She has earned Theater Arts Guild awards for her performances in such plays as Doubt (Best Supporting Actress) and Speech and Debate (Best Ensemble) at Snap! Productions. She earned an Omaha Performing Arts nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England in 2017. She has directed and acted for the Great Plains Theater Conference for almost a decade. She has her MFA in play and screenwriting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.