Zelos Marchandt

Zeloszelos Marchandt has been called a tapestry of an individual. An interdisciplinary artist. public speaker and journalist (originally from Nashville, TN) based in the NW from a wee age, their writings, vocals, physical theater and visual art have taken them coast to coast and abroad. Their repertoire and interests cover a diverse scope that involves strong classic fundamentals with a healthy departure from tradition, in favor of potent human expression and experience. Projects have often focused on sex, gender, race, and social history—Especially Black queer and trans heritage and history.

From 2015 to 2018, they were the Evening News and Public Affairs Director for KBOO 90.7 FM, covering local, state, national, international news, art and culture. The investigative team they oversaw, the research and stories covered under their direction took local, pacific northwest news about ICE, Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy movements, transgender state policy employment and civil rights, and the Oregon State welfare system to national levels in collaboration with other journalists, researchers and newsrooms. They were also the co-host of the broadcast show QTPOC Talk for nearly two years tackling issues of race and gender intersections for queer and transgender people of color and Black culture. Their work has also appeared in The Portland Mercury, PQ Monthly,  Willamette Week,  NW Kids Magazine, Portland Family Magazine,  Equally Wed, The Drainage and Travel Portland. They’ve guested at performances, pop ups and educational partnerships with larger organizations like Literary Arts.

These days they are enjoying a year-long Artist in Residency with theater, The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven while continuing their education in investigative, forensic and mortuary sciences. They reside in the Portland metro area of Oregon, on a small farm, in a small house

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