DENICE FROHMAN is an award-winning poet, lyricist, and educator, whose multicultural upbringing inspires her to explore 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, making her the #1 female ranked spoken word poet in the world, and finished in the top 10 at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam. She is a 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient, a 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion, and received the 2013 Hispanic Choice Award for "Creative Artist of the Year." 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, the Advocate and literary publications such as The Apiary and Alight. 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 500,000 views on Youtube. She has been interviewed by CNN, 6ABC, WURD, WHYY, Philadelphia Weekly, and Univision 65.
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 claiming the power to be who you are by celebrating difference, and loving the parts of ourselves that do not fit neatly into dominant social categories.
She has been a featured speaker at colleges, high schools, and conferences, 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. Whether performing at National Latino Association of Arts and Culture Awards, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, or City Hall, Frohman brings forth both vulnerability and strength to every performance.
Currently the Program Director at The Philly Youth Poetry Movement, she works with teens to transform themselves and their communities by promoting the power of their creative voices.
This year, she will be releasing her debut CD, Feels Like Home, and will be touring as one half of the spoken word duo, Sister Outsider, with 2012 Women of the World Champion, Dominique Christina.
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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. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, The Apiary and more. Her poem "Dear Straight People" went viral and has over 500,000 views on Youtube. She has performed and taught poetry across the country and internationally, and is currently the Program Director at The Philly Youth Poetry Movement.