OSIRIS KHEPERA (pronouns: Anything Respectful) is a Chicago-bred Black Queer playwright, poet, actor, teaching artist, and activist. Named as one of six inaugural Russ Tutterow Playwrighting Fellows at Chicago Dramatists Theatre, most recently his plays have appeared in the CIRCLE UP! Reading Series with Jackalope Theatre Company and the Chicago Inclusion Project, National Black Theatre’s I AM SOUL Reading series, the Chicago Theatre Marathon Festival, the MOJOAA Reclamation Festival, and with Greatworks Children’s Theatre Company. He is also a recipient of a 2017 DCASE Individual Artist Grant for his play The Legendary Nana Yaa Asantewaa and the War of the Golden Stool, or, They Is African Royalty Living Off Fuckin’ Wilson. Acting credits include Bootycandy (Windy City Playouse), Rutherford’s Travels (Pegasus Players), Bars & Measures (PROP THTR), R.E.A.C.H. (Second City), The American Revolution (Theater Unspeakable and Lincoln Center); The Fag-Tionary and Relevant Hearsay: Stories from 57 (MPAACT); Harry and The Thief (Pavement Group), and Passing Strange (Bailiwick Chicago). His poetry is published in Illinois’s Best Emerging Poets 2018, and he had the honor of coaching the YOUMedia Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Squad for two years. He occasionally dons the geesh as D’Lisha von Jankynsmurt. “Daddy, I made you a Promise. Momma, I love you Always. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.”