Grace has been a part of the Speak Out! dream since inception. She is the original co-founder and current producer and host of Speak Out! Productions. By day, Grace lives out a passion to make arts accessible to all and serves as the Founding Director of the Creation District, a free arts studio for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. While dabbling in all the arts, Grace primarily focuses on performing Spoken Word with live music to accompany her poetry and has released one full length album, Some Call It Holy, in conjunction with singer/songwriter, Jordan Moore. With an unruly addiction to art and building creative communities, you may often find Grace emceeing local events, performing in solo shows, busking downtown, or producing a full-length Broadway show in her backyard. To learn more about her other projects, visit WWW.GraceMakesStuff.com
With no relevant experience other than being Grace Loescher’s best friend, Anna Ghnouly joined the Speak Out! team as an interim co-host in January 2018. You would never know that Anna hasn’t been hosting her entire life—with a fiery spirit, energetic demeanor, and earnest sense of awe for each act that hits the stage, Anna plays an integral part in keeping the Speak Out! dream alive. Bringing her own unique experience to the game, Anna is a Dartmouth graduate invested in solving the globe’s sanitation issues. She is a professionally trained dancer and will challenge (and beat) anyone to a dance-off at Faces. Perhaps most importantly, Anna also served as the maid of honor at Grace’s fake backyard wedding and spent six hours helping her build an altar out of pool noodles. If that doesn’t say commitment, I don’t know what does.
CharRon deserves an award for all he contributes to the Sacramento Poetry Scene. In addition to producing Iambic, a monthly poetry zine, competing in countless local slams, and attending every poetry related event within a 50-mile radius to Sacramento, CharRon also recently signed on to serve as the official sound guru for Speak Out! Sacramento. Rain or shine, CharRon shows up to every show and works tirelessly so that artists can sound their best. If you're lucky, you may catch him performing one of his pieces on the ground floor!