Grace Carras is a spoken word poet and professional nerd. She is a co-founder of The Poetry Room reading series in Lansing, was a semifinalist in the 2018 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, and is the winner of the 2019 Mark Ritzenhein Emerging Poet Award. Her poem, “for the poets who gather here” was selected as a winner in the 2018 Lansing Sidewalk Poetry Competition, and can be found etched in the concrete outside Blue Owl Coffee Co in Reotown. Aside from all the writing stuff, Grace is also a regular cast member of Dirty Twenty, a weekly audience-interactive Dungeons and Dragons podcast. Yeah, you’re dealing with that kind of dork. Grace writes about love, her favorite people and stories, and the parts of herself that she sometimes struggles to understand. She is a long-time admirer of life’s weirdest people, places,
and hobbies, and has dedicated herself to the lifelong pursuit of taking nothing too seriously. Grace’s first book of poetry, Quiet Kid, is forthcoming in April 2020 with Finishing Line Press.
is a hard-living, hard loving extrovert from the Lansing area. He has spent most of his life learning lessons the hard way. Brandon spent his early years fueling fires, burning bridges and chasing ghosts. Today, Brandon does his best to be an example of light and love to his tribe and community. Brandon has written song lyrics and poetry since his teenage years. In 2002, however, he learned how to play the acoustic guitar in order to put the music in his head to the words he was putting on paper. His art is rooted in turmoil and triumph. After being a front man for several local bands such as, Circle of Crows, Pacifier, and Loa, which won 2017's Homegrown Throwdown (Lansing's Battle of the Bands) Brandon's creative desire drove him to the idea which in turn sparked The Artist's Umbrella. With many badges of honor on his vest: performer, creator, curator, and passionate emcee, the one he wears with the most pride is that of husband and father.
is a writer in every sense of the word. She writes for work, for fun, and even in her sleep, as many of her story ideas come from her dreams. Over the last few years, Allison has published two books. Her first book, Flash in the Dark: A Collection of Flash Fiction was released in 2018, and her second book, The Problem With Humans: And Other Stories was released in September of 2019. Allison specializes in flash fiction (stories told in less than 1,000 words) and bringing worlds, characters, and stories to life in as few words as possible. When she's not writing fiction, performing at Open Mics, selling her books at vendor events, or helping plan the Artist's Umbrella, Allison writes stories that YOU can give as a gifts. Her stories not only provide the ultimate personalized stories but her words can save marriages and make babies. She also does yoga and is passionate about helping others use yoga to become more creative versions of themselves.