Spoken Work Performers

Karl Johnson

Karl Johnson expresses creatively on mental health, race and racial identity, growth and change, and relationships. As a Korean Adoptee, these have been common themes and often intersect with duality, ambiguity, and writing his own narrative. Karl brings experience as a community organizer, youth developer, nonprofit enthusiast, foodie, and strategic thinker to share poetry and encourage others to write and challenge how they think about themselves and those around them. His relationships with friends and family have guided him in his journey of self-awareness and growth.

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Mike Finley

Mike Finley has been connecting to Minnesota audiences for 50 years. He was editor of the Worthington Daily Globe, and a columnist for St Paul Pioneer Press. He’s written nonfiction books and over 159 digital books of stories and poems. Currently he is retired and dealing with metastatic cancer.

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