Dani Martineck: Pronouns Matter

In the moment we’re in, I myself, as an individual, have developed certain habits in ways of being where … if I am misgendered like it happened at the beginning of this conversation, to me, it becomes a learning opportunity.

Dani Martineck is a New York-based non-binary actor, writer, and award-winning audiobook narrator with a background in experimental psychology.

I’m a storyteller. I’ve found that in communicating truthfully through the stories I tell, other people feel seen and understood, and it just radiates this ripple of openheartedness outward to places I’ll never know.

they/them – what’s this?


Dani is here to celebrate moments of connection that bridge our experiential differences and create radical empathy. They bring their experience as a storyteller (as an actor, writer, and honor-winning audiobook narrator), their experience as someone with their own daily meditation practice, and their experience as one who lives between several binaries and has found meaning there to their offerings to you.

Girl Tales is a podcast featuring reimagined fairytales. Damsels in distress? Princesses in need of protection? You won’t find those here. The girls in our stories take control of their own destinies, turning your favorite fairytales into exciting new adventures.

Written by women, non-binary, and trans male playwrights, Girl Tales offers a feminist twist on classic fairytales, fables, and myths. With energetic voice actors and professional sound design, these radio plays burst to life at the touch of a button.

New stories debut each month for free so be sure to subscribe below so you never miss an episode.

The Rushing of the Sea

Project by Isabella Jane Schiller

New York City, New York  Film Short  Drama, Family

Anyone who has grieved can tell you it feels like you’re fighting to keep your head above water, but what if that water wasn’t purely metaphorical? This sensory short sweeps us along with two siblings grappling with the recent passing of their mother and, for the younger, a very visceral grief.

On screen Dani has a recurring role on Blue Bloods on CBS and they can be seen (for a few seconds) cursing at Kendall Roy on HBO’s Succession, and (for many more seconds) in short queer rom com Potion Masters, as well as several other short films and series. Their first audiobook narration, for We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey for Penguin Random House, won an Odyssey Honor. Catch their voice most recently as part of the stellar ensemble in Gideon Media’s audio drama Give Me Away. Through both their acting and their writing, Dani celebrates moments of connection that bridge our experiential differences and create radical empathy.

actor | writer

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Listen along:

Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman (narrator)

Give Me Away by Gideon Media (actor)

Merlin and the Dragons” & “Storm Magic” for Girl Tales podcast (writer)

Coming soon:

The Rushing of the Sea

(writer, actor, producer)

Nicky Beer: Real Phonies & Genuine Fakes, an exploration of our divided selves

Persona poetry is taking on a voice that isn’t yours and finding a way to speak your truths through that voice….to pursue a voice that isn’t necessarily heroic or very nice; it allows you to be transgressive in ways that you don’t feel comfortable speaking as yourself. It’s an incredible vehicle for play in poetry as well as the theatre.

I’m a displaced poet from Long Island living in Denver, writing with the hope that I’ll help other folks feel less alone. I celebrate all things queer, creepy, comic, disturbing, and tentacular in my work. Jon Cryer retweeted me once. 

Nicky Beer is a bi/queer writer, and the author of Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes (Milkweed, 2022). Her first two books, The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon, 2010) and The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon, 2015), were both winners of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. She has received honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, the Poetry Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is as a poetry editor for Copper Nickel.

Nicky Beer’s latest collection of poems is a “labyrinthine academy specializing in the study of subterfuge; Marlene Dietrich, Dolly Parton, and Batman are its instructors. With an energetic eye, she thumbs through our collective history books—and her personal one, too—in an effort to chart the line between playful forms of duplicity and those that are far more insidious.” Lambda Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Book of March 2022

What is illusion—a deception, or a revelation? What is a poem—the truth, or “a diverting flash, / a mirror showing everything / but itself”?

Through delicious japery, poems that can be read multiple ways, and allusions ranging from Puccini’s operas to Law & Order, Beer troubles the notion of truth. Often, we settle for whatever brand of honesty is convenient for us, or whatever is least likely to spark confrontation—but this, Beer knows, is how we invite others to weigh in on what kind of person we are. This is how we trick ourselves into believing they’re right. “Listen / to how quiet it is when I lose the self-doubt played / for so long I mistook it for music.”

Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes asks us to look through the stereoscope: which image is the real one? This one—or this one, just here? With wisdom, humility, and a forthright tenderness, Nicky Beer suggests that we consider both—together, they might contribute to something like truth.

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Twitter: @nbeerpoet

Website: nickybeer.com

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Holly Savas: Mom, Artist, VP Creative Action Network: An Artists’ Conduit for Change

I needed to use what I knew about working with big companies, my own company . . . to spread the word that art can change the world. . . Having something to do that spreads good in the world that makes me not focus on [my children] so much [so] that they can go out and do their own thing so they can become more autonomous in the world.

Creative Action Network (CAN) is the go-to online marketplace for social impact art and merchandise that supports independent artists and worthy social causes, via the products we sell on our website. We believe art can change the world, and it’s our mission to keep spreading that message while giving back to organizations we care about. 

Holly Savas is a mom, artist and VP of Brand, Art & Community at Creative Action Network. She’s a passionate supporter of artists and of universal arts education in schools and makes it her mission to raise awareness and give back to her community whenever possible. Her job at CAN is the perfect combo of all of those things rolled into one.

ART CAN CHANGE THE WORLD…

Creative Action Network doesn’t keep their opinions to themselves, and neither should you! When it comes to speaking out about important issues like gun reform, racial justice and gender equality (just to name a few) they’re getting louder by the day.

Raising our voices together means we can create lasting change, and their global community has put together a beautifully designed collection of activist posters that gets our messages across, all the while supporting hardworking social organizations like The Dream Corps. Head to their shop for the latest and choose from thousands of posters depicting the causes you care about! ~ Team CAN

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 Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th! Head to Creative Action Network for a collection of meaningful gifts that celebrate mom, including feminist socks (think RBG!) books that are chock full of beautiful activist art and so much more. Every gift supports a worthy social cause like women’s rights, the environment and civil justice. Take 20% off everything at CAN + free shipping over $50 until Mother’s Day.”


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