DENICE FROHMAN is an award-winning poet, 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 Philadelphia’s citywide “UnLitter Us” Campaign and GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino Aids Education Initiative). It has appeared in the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and literary publications such as The Apiary, Narrative Northeast, 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 1.5 million views on Youtube. She has been interviewed by CNN, 6ABC, WURD, WHYY, Philadelphia Weekly, and Univision 65. She will also be appearing on Season 5 of Lexus' Verses and Flow on TV One.
Her work is predomininantly 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 has been a featured speaker at colleges, high schools, and conferences across the country, including TedxPhilly. She was named Top 20 Emerging LGBT Leader by the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, and was an invited guest to The White House for "An Evening of Poetry" in 2011. She has performed at the National Latino Association of Arts and Culture Awards, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, City Hall of Philadelphia, and hundreds of schools, organizations, colleges, community spaces, rallies, and detention centers.
She was the former Program Director for The Philly Youth Poetry Movement, 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.
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 as one half of the award-winning spoken word duo, Sister Outsider, with 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Champion, Dominique Christina.
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DENICE FROHMAN is an award-winning poet and educator, whose work explores the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the “in-betweeness” that exists in us all. She is 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 and the forthcoming book, Jotas: An Anthology of Queer Latina Voices. Her poem "Dear Straight People" went viral with over 1.5 million YouTube views. She has performed and taught poetry across the country and is part of the spoken word duo, Sister Outsider.