Lisa Marie Brimmer is the co-editor of Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride Anthology from Minnesota Historical Society Press (2019). They carry a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of St. Thomas where they were a graduate fellow. As an interdisciplinary cultural worker their work engages with environment, kinship, and culture while plotting intersectional black (/indigenous) queer liberation. Their work has appeared in Open Rivers Magazine, On The Commons Magazine, Fierce Lament (Red Bird), Walk Towards It (Fierce Shimmer), MnArtists,org, We/Here, Burn Something! Zine and radio stations KFAI, and MPR. Her poem “summer thoughts” is forthcoming in Keno Evol’s A Garden of Black Joy. She is the poetry contributor for the lifestyle quarterly Twin Cities Pride Magazine. A two-times Givens Fellow for African American Literature (who thinks they need to pay their artists, 2009 & 2013), Brimmer has also received a 2011 Many Voices fellowship from Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center. They are currently a Lake Street Stories artist with Pangea World Theatre.
In 2018 they had the opportunity to have shared their critical and poetic work nationally and internationally (Oakland, CA, New York, NY, Washington, DC, and Graz, Austria). Their current work engages the artistic side of the Family Tree Clinic through the Liberation Library and interdisciplinary arts programming in the lobby of their sexual health clinic. Brimmer is a former Interim Executive Co-Director of The Cedar Cultural Center, a former program manager at Intermedia Arts (Equity and Public Programming, Creative Leadership), and former Arts Access Program Manager for the Ordway Center of the Arts. Learn more: lisamariebrimmer.com& @croptop_ceo