Slam Poet to Perform

Higher Learning Commission

Wednesday, March 18 from 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.  in LA 210

The LGBT+ Club is hosting a performance/workshop by local slam poet Ollie Schminkey on Wednesday, March 18 from 11:00-11:50 a.m. in LA 210.

Ollie Schminkey is a non-binary transgender poet and activist, using spoken word to bridge some of the gaps that trauma and oppression often leave. A survivor of sexual assault and abuse, a polyamorous pansexual trans person, and the proud owner of neurally atypical brain space, they explore the way their own radical identities interact with the world at large.

They are also the director of the Macalester Poetry Slam and (as an official Word Sprout collaborator) the founder of Well-Placed Commas, a weekly poetry workshop to serve the needs of the Twin Cities area. They have competed multiple years on both the nationally-ranked Macalester CUPSI team, as well as the Minneapolis NPS team, placing in the top 5 in the nation.

In addition to co-hosting OUTspoken! (a queer open mic) and facilitating a trans identity collective, they have also performed and published work with 20% Theatre Company’s The Naked I: Insides Out, and they tour locally with this show.

They are the author of one chapbook, The Taste of Iron, and they are published in Write Bloody and Andrea Gibson’s anthology, We Will Be Shelter. They have featured at venues and events such as Rachel McKibben’s Poetry and Pie Night, Slam Free or Die, University of Denver, Intermedia Arts, and Patrick’s Cabaret. You can find more of their work at or on Button Poetry.

The public is welcome to attend.

Photo credit to Allison Broeren.

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