LaLa is a local poet and LaLa has lived on this planet for 28 years and nearly all of them have been lived in Maine. Born below the bible belt and shipped up north as an infant, LaLa is a queer adoptee with a passion for writing. Poetry is their focus, though they love and appreciate all the magic which words can create. In the Spring of 2017, they began a poetry night which amplifies and uplifts the voices of QTPOC and Femme POC called BloodLetting. They also run a poetry focused blog called Tales of Black Winged Night. LaLa is passionate about Racial Justice, Human rights and issues surrounding adoption.
With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James' skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands.
An award-winning songwriter, one of the world's most innovative guitar players, and a Moth-featured storyteller, James brings all of this to his amazing stage show. A live performance by Samuel James is part theratre concert, part stomping-on-the-porch dance party and part stand-up comedy.
He was born the last in a long line of performers including dancers, story tellers, choir singers, jazz pianists, and porch-stomping guitar thumpers dating back to the 1800s.
Samuel James' songwriting has been compared to Leonard Cohen's and his guitar virtuosity to that of Jimi Hendrix.
His critically acclaimed trilogy of albums, Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy (2008) For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen (2009) And for the Dark Road Ahead (2012) for Toronto's Northern Blues label has gained Samuel praise not only for carrying on great traditions, but for being a true innovator.
His latest album Already Home Recordings Vol. 1 has been called a "rich narrative... fascinating... vital to our cultural dialogue."
Veronica A. Perez
Veronica A. Perez (b. 1983) is an artist and educator who works mostly in the mediums of sculpture and photography. Usually utilizing construction and kitschy materials in her pieces, Perez creates intense personal moments by means of hybridization, ideals of beauty, nostalgia, while fragility echoes sentiments of a lost self, and at the same time paralleling contemporary feminist tensions.
Teddy Burrage is a Portland, Maine native and local activist. As someone who identifies as queer, he is interested in exploring how racism intersects with other forms of injustice like homophobia, sexism, and transphobia, examining how those interactions play out over time. He currently is a nursing student and sits on the steering committee of Pride Portland. When he is not at school or in the community, he can be found spending time with friends and family as well as exploring the many natural wonders of his home state.
Samara Cole Doyon
Samara Cole Doyon has been a Black girl living in Maine for the past 30+ years (read: her entire life). She is a writer, educator, wife, and mother. Despite the roots of her family tree, half of which reach generations deep inside the cool soil of the Pine Tree State, she recognizes that she will most likely remain an outsider for life, as the definition of “Mainer” upheld by the governor and half the state does not include people who look like her.
An Average White Guy (aka Average White Guy or AWG) is, well, a pretty average white person. He fits all the mainstream classifications that tend to come with unearned privileges: white, straight (so far, anyway), cis-gender, Christian and male. Middle-aged, too, and average height, weight, looks. He’s under-average (slightly slackerish, pretty non-athletic) and above-average (postgraduate degree, socioeconmics) in just enough amounts on each end of the spectrum that it balances out. Which means that he has plenty of advantages in American society compared to just about every other demographic that isn’t rich, famous and/or highly connected. And that’s why he’s here, to bring a better-than-average knowledge base and set of experiences around racial equity and social justice in an attempt not (he hopes) to gain “ally cookies” but rather to help other white people better understand racial dynamics and systemic racism (and do something to undo the latter). As far as publication credentials, AWG’s writing goes back more than 30 years, before he even got his first office job post-college, with works appearing in magazines, books, websites and other media. AWG’s anonymity is intended to allow non-white voices to stand out here at BGIM Media, as they should, unless and until BGIM herself decides people should know his name. (Avatar courtesy of pixabay.com under a CC0 Creative Commons license, because a picture of AWG in a ski mask might imply he was capable of running with Antifa)