A native of south Minneapolis, Michelle Be (Michelle Barnes) is a spoken word poet, visual artist, theater artist, and DJ. She uses her work to dive into many levels of introspection in order to reconfigure, heal, and progress. With a background in psychology, Michelle aims to bridge science and spirituality through her art: “I am most interested in connecting with audiences on a cerebral level. This allows me to remain authentic in expressing that which forms in my creative state of mind.” Michelle has performed her spoken word poetry at Pillsbury House+Theatre, Bedlam Theater, Intermedia Arts and Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, MN. She is a multi-disciplinary teaching artist, specializing in youth arts programming, and is an artistic director for RARE Productions, an organization supporting queer artists of color.