DENICE FROHMAN is an award-winning poet, writer, performer, educator and speaker, whose work explores the intersections of race/ethnicity, 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, mitú, the City of Philadelphia (“UnLitter Us” Campaign), and GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino Aids Education Initiative). It has appeared in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, 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 been featured at over 200 colleges and universities; and hundreds of K-12 schools, cultural arts spaces, non-profit organizations, youth detention centers, and conferences across the country. She also performed at The White House in 2016.
Her poems have collectively garnered over 7.5 million views online. She has been interviewed by CNN, 6ABC, WURD, WHYY, Philadelphia Weekly, and Univision 65. She also appeared on ESPN's "One Nacion" TV special and Lexus' Verses and Flow on TV One.
Her poetry focuses on social change, and explores the tension between the stories we tell about ourselves, the ones told about us, and the ones we tell about each other. As a queer woman from a multi-cultural background (Puerto Rican and Jewish), her work centers the nuances of identity, disrupts ideas of power, and seeks to celebrate the parts of ourselves deemed unworthy. She hopes to inspire people, particularly young folks of color, to see themselves as writers and to know that their stories are worth telling.
She has worked with digital media companies to write creative content; collaborated with various organizations from classical music foundations to theater productions to non-profit groups; and written original spots for television programs and advocacy campaigns (see commissioned work for more info).
She currently works with The Philly Youth Poetry Movement, a non-profit organization that provides a safe space for Philadelphia teens to discover the power of their voices. Her passion to mentor and work with young people has always been a central part of her work. She also earned her Master’s in Education from Drexel University.
Other notable events include: ACLU (PA), TedxPhilly, the National Latino Association of Arts and Culture Awards, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, City Hall of Philadelphia, WPP Stream conference, U.S Hispanic Leadership Institute and more. She was named "Top 20 Emerging LGBT Leader" by the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, and one of "5 LGBTQ Latinx Hereos for Every Classroom" by GLSEN.
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, and she played basketball semi-professionally in Puerto Rico after playing on a four-year athletic college scholarship.
Frohman is currently on a national tour.
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DENICE FROHMAN is an award-winning poet, writer, performer, and educator. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 CantoMundo Fellow, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner, and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has appeared on ESPN, in the Huffington Post, and garnered over 7.5 million views online. She has a Master’s in Education and works with The Philly Youth Poetry Movement. She has been featured at over 200 colleges and universities; hundreds of high schools, non-profits, and cultural arts spaces; and performed at The White House in 2016. Currently, she tours the country.