Denice Frohman

Denice Frohman

Award-Winning Poet, Writer, Performer, and Educator

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, Twitter, 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 books, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books), Jotas: An Anthology of Queer Latina Voices (Korima Press) and Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word (Rethinking Schools, 2nd ed.).

She has been a featured speaker and performer 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 and 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. She has worked with digital media companies and brands to write creative content; collaborated on projects with classical music foundations, theaters and non-profits; and written original spots for TV campaigns (see commissioned work for more info).

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 seeks to disrupt traditional notions of power, and 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.

As an organizer at The Philly Youth Poetry Movement - a literary and youth empowerment non-profit organization - she works to create safe spaces 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.

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