Our Featured Artists
Over the years we've had many artists perform as a special guest at our monthly meetings. We've had the pleasure of enjoying their poetry, music and live theater in an intimate and inclusive environment.
Nikita, a Northerner from the UK, has been living in Chiang Mai for almost six years. She has an accent that many people might find disturbing and a voice that can’t quite find the ‘quiet’ setting. In her spare time, she enjoys cross dressing, exploring nature and pulling stupid faces that make kids laugh.
Chiang Mai has been a magical place for Nikita to explore her creativity with the last couple of years bringing profound moments of joy that have inspired much of her writing.
Sarah grew up in Ohio, but spent most of her adult life in Northern California where she studied writing and dreamed of traveling and having adventures in far-flung lands (which she partially blames on her childhood obsession with Indiana Jones).
Six years later with many travels and adventures behind her, she now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she continues to write literary and speculative fiction. She's completed a collection of short stories and a novel, and she sometimes updates her blog: Chasing Fireflies and Miracles.
She's currently seeking an agent/publisher for her first novel, and working on her second novel
Rosalie Wilmot. Rosalie Wilmot is a poet and creatress from Seattle, Washington who resides in Chiang Mai. Her work has been featured in various online publications and she has released two published chapbooks. She’s a co-organizer and co-host of Magic Theatre and longtime supporter and participant of the local music scene. Her band Dirt Doll will release its debut album later this year.
Barbara Huddleston--essayist, poet, teller of magical tales--- resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand, near a spirit tree, in the shadows of a sacred mountain range. She grew up in the St. Lawrence River valley, near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, and spent her working life as an international food security expert working for the US government in Washington, D.C., and the UN in Rome, Italy. Her US family rallies on the Oregon coast, and her adopted children, all Malawian, reside in Rome, Cape Town and their native land. She makes her online home at www.barbarasplace22.com. All are welcome.
Barbara Huddleston--essayist, poet, teller of magical tales--- resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand, near a spirit tree, in the shadows of a sacred mountain range. She grew up in the St. Lawrence River valley, near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, and spent her working life as an international food security expert working for the US government in Washington, D.C., and the UN in Rome, Italy. Her US family rallies on the Oregon coast, and her adopted children, all Malawian, reside in Rome, Cape Town and their native land. She makes her online home at www.barbarasplace22.com. All are welcome
Tee Williams is an advocate and writer from Philly who has lived in Chiang Mai since 2017. She started out as a travel writer, transitioned into an English teacher, and now works for a non-profit organization to support marginalized and underserved communities in both the US and Myanmar.
Valerie Parker is a fiery American school teacher originally from Florida. Living in Thailand where she spends her days writing a children's book about consent and rape and volunteer teaching circus skills to local kids. Balancing the seriousness, she loves playing with everything: language, juggling, and flaming hula hoops. Writing and performance are her preferred healing tools. She advocates for consent culture starting with kids and engaging in conversations to make the world safer. As a featured poet at Magic Theater Poetry in Chiang Mai, she has a piece forthcoming in their next anthology.
Bast travelled to Chiang Mai from Oregon, where she grew up on a horse ranch. When she came here, she started a horse rescue ranch, where she buys retired racehorses headed for the butcher’s block and lets them graze and roam to their heart’s content. When she's not riding off into the hills, she sings and plays guitar, sometimes in front of people, mostly in front of her hoofed family. The songs she writes all have a story in them, and she builds them all into one big story every time she performs. And of course, being Bast, she rescues cats too.
Guns and Rosie
Home brewed acoustic act trying to find beauty in dirt. You may know them as the guitarist and vocalist of Dirt Doll, the duo strips down their grungy melodic rock to bring you the words and bones of the music you know along with new material they usually reserve for the early hours of morn.
Barrak Alzaid is a writer and an artist with extensive experience in curating contemporary art and performance. His current project, Fabulous at Five, is a memoir that relates his coming of age of a queer kid in Kuwait, and it is the story of a family’s fracture and reconciliation. His poem Fa’et was awarded a first place prize by Nasiona Magazine in their inaugural micro nonfiction and poetry competition. His work has been published in several anthologies including The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Tales from Many Muslim Worlds (Penguin SEA), Emerge: 2018 Lambda Fellows Anthologyand in an anthology of Muslim writing edited by Kazim Ali (Redhen Press). He is a founding member of the artist collective GCC whose work examines the Arab Gulf region’s transformations and shifting systems of power. They have exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at MoMA Ps1, The Whitney Biennial, Sultan Gallery Kuwait, Berlin Bieniale IX, Sharjah Art Foundation, among others. He lives in Chiang Mai with his husband and their dog Boomer.
NuKola is a theatrical performance poet, using not only spoken word, but movement and singing to evoke emotion in her performances. NuKola takes the audience on a thought-provoking, yet emotionally-charged journey. With a focus on how we all affect each other and the world we inhabit. NuKola’s theatrical performances encourage self and global awareness with an intention of uplifting the human spirit and condition. NuKola’s poetry/photography book “Nu Geographics” will be released in a monthly series in April 2021.
Yolande House’s creative writing has appeared in literary magazines such as The Rumpus, Joyland, Grain, PRISM international, and the Humber Literary Review. After living in Asia for eight years, including two in Chiang Mai, Thailand, she is now riding out the pandemic in Toronto, Canada. Her writing has made it to the finalist round at Creative Nonfiction three times, and her Entropy essay was selected as one of the magazine’s “Best of 2018.” Follow her on Instagram @healthruwriting or at www.yolandehouse.com. Currently, she’s revising a childhood memoir.