DENICE FROHMAN is an award-winning poet, writer, speaker, lyricist, and educator, whose work explores the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the “in-betweeness” that exists in us all. Born and raised in New York City, she is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 CantoMundo Fellow, 2014 National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Fund for the Arts grant recipient, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award recipient for "Creative Artist of the Year," 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has been commissioned by ESPN, the City of Philadelphia (“UnLitter Us” Campaign), and GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino Aids Education Initiative). It has appeared in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and ESPNW; literary publications such as Split This Rock's The Quarry, The Apiary, Narrative Northeast, and Alight; and the forthcoming book, Jotas: An Anthology of Queer Latina Voices. She has performed and taught poetry across the country and internationally in arts venues, rallies, K-12 schools, colleges, and detention centers.
Her poem "Dear Straight People" went viral on Upworthy and currently has over 2 million views on Youtube, while her poem "Accents" went viral on We Are Mitu with nearly 2.5 million views. She has been interviewed by CNN, 6ABC, WURD, WHYY, Philadelphia Weekly, and Univision 65. She also appeared on Season 5 of Lexus' Verses and Flow on TV One.
Her work is predominantly focused on social change and seeks to challenge the borders that divide us. As a queer woman from a multi-cultural background, her work is about identity, challenging dominant social constructs and oppressive narratives, and claiming the power to be who you are.
She was the former Program Director for The Philly Youth Poetry Movement, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, where she worked with teens to transform themselves and their communities through the power of their creative voices. Her passion to mentor and work with young people has always been a central part of her work as an artist and educator. She also obtained her Master’s in Education from Drexel University.
Frohman has been a featured speaker at hundreds of colleges, K-12 schools, community spaces, and conferences across the country, from TedxPhilly to the Youth Study Detention Center. She was named Top 20 Emerging LGBT Leader by the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, and has performed at The White House, the National Latino Association of Arts and Culture Awards, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, City Hall of Philadelphia, and more.
Her debut CD, Feels Like Home, is available now, blending music, poetry, and song, in collaboration with several of Lauryn Hill's former band members and musicians from Alo Brasil. Her secret passion is songwriting. Frohman is currently on a national tour performing and teaching all over the country.
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DENICE FROHMAN is an award-winning poet, writer, speaker, and educator, whose work challenges dominant narratives around race, gender, and sexuality. She's the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 CantoMundo Fellow, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award, and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, ESPN and ESPNW, Tedx, and the forthcoming book, Jotas: An Anthology of Queer Latina Voices. Her poem "Dear Straight People" went viral with over 2 million views. She has a Master’s in Education and was the former Program Director at The Philly Youth Poetry Movement.