artist | facilitator |consultant
born on Peoria/Sauk and Meskwaki/Ho-Chunk (Winnebago)/Miami Land ( South Central Wisconsin)

living on Dakota land (Minneapolis, Minnesota). 

traveling everywhere else. 

artistic biography

Lisa Marie Brimmer is the co-editor of Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride  an anthology from Minnesota Historical Society Press (2019). They carry a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of St. Thomas where they were a graduate fellow. As an interdisciplinary cultural worker their work engages with environment, kinship, and culture while plotting intersectional black (/indigenous) queer liberation.  

Their work has appeared in Open Rivers Magazine, On The Commons Magazine, Fierce Lament (Red Bird), Walk Towards It (Fierce Shimmer), MnArtists,org, We/Here, Burn Something! Zine and radio stations KFAI, and MPR. Her poem “summer thoughts” is forthcoming in Keno Evol’s A Garden of Black Joy. They are the poetry contributor for the lifestyle quarterly Twin Cities Pride Magazine. A two-time Givens Fellow for African American Literature (who thinks they need to pay their artists, 2009 & 2013), Brimmer also received a 2011 Many Voices fellowship from The Playwrights’ Center. They are currently a Lake Street Stories artist with Pangea World Theatre.

In 2018 they had the opportunity to have shared their critical and poetic work nationally and internationally (Oakland, CA, New York, NY, Washington, DC, and Graz, Austria). Their current work engages the artistic side of the Family Tree Clinic through the Liberation Library and interdisciplinary arts programming in the lobby of this sexual health clinic. Brimmer is a former Interim Executive Co-Director of The Cedar Cultural Center, a former program manager at Intermedia Arts (Equity and Public Programming, Creative Leadership), and former Arts Access Program Manager for the Ordway Center of the Arts.  


in brief

Engaged staff and board in institutional readiness for new chapter of thirty year old non- profit community and arts organization in Minneapolis’ West Bank neighborhood with focus on Sustainability, Operations, and Organizational Cultural Development.

Department level management of “Equity and Public Programming” and “Creative Leadership” Departments over three years. Programs extended leadership and artistic development opportunities cohort learning across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota through Bush Foundation, collaboration with The City of Minneapolis via Kresge Foundation. Literary program management of VERVE, Beyond the Pure, and Queer Voices reading series. Organizational thought leader surrounding equity and public programming and organization culture and structures.


University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Bachelor's Degree | Sociology and English Literature 
2008, Cum Laude

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Master's Degree | English Literature
2018, Graduate Fellow

skills & interests

  • equity, diversity, & inclusion 
  • artistic development
  • leadership development
  • strategic partnerships
  • cross sector collaboration & management
  • event planning and production
  • program management & transition
  • team building & group facilitation
  • strategic planning
  • collaborative leadership
  • program design