Bio

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, 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 at arts venues, rallies, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, conferences, detention centers, and The White House.

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 mitú with nearly 2.5 million views. 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, to not be ashamed of who they are.

Frohman has been a featured speaker, performer and teacher at over 200 colleges and universities; and hundreds of K-12 schools, community arts spaces, non-profit organizations, detention centers, and conferences across the country. Notable events include: TedxPhilly, the National Latino Association of Arts and Culture Awards, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, City Hall of Philadelphia, WPP Stream conference, and more. She was also named "Top 20 Emerging LGBT Leader" by the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, and one of "5 LGBTQ Latinx Hereos for Every Classroom" by GLSEN.

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 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.

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, whose work explores the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. 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 in ESPN, the Huffington Post, Split This Rock’s The Quarry, 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.