Born and raised in New York City from Puerto Rican and Jewish parents, Denice Frohman is a poet, writer, educator, and performer who uses her multi-cultural background as a queer woman — she describes this amalgamation as “NuyoJewricanqueer”1 — to explore intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and identity in her writing.
After earning her master’s degree in education at Drexel University, Denice worked as a director and organizer at The Philly Youth Poetry Movement, a creative, “literary and youth empowerment”2 non-profit organization she is still involved with today. Over the years, Denice has worked, featured, and performed at many other colleges/universities, schools, youth detention centers, and conferences, spreading her message of claiming the power to be your authentic self and celebrating what makes you unique and worthy.23
Her writing has garnered a large mass of attention across the country, as her poems have collected over 7 million views online. Companies ranging from Twitter to mitú to ESPN to the Huffington Post have commissioned and featured her work. In 2013, Denice won the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) Championship as well as the Southern Fried Poetry Slam Championship, the same year she released her debut album Feels Like Home. In 2014, she became a CantoMundo Fellow as well as a recipient of the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Fund for the Arts grant. In 2016, she performed at the White House.2
Denice is also a member of the spoken word duo known as Sister Outsider with fellow WOWPS champion Dominique Christina.3
Denice is currently touring.
1 Personal Twitter: www.twitter.com/denicefrohman (@denicefrohman)
2 Personal Site Bio: www.denicefrohman.com/bio
3 Wikipedia Page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denice_Frohman
ENGL4302 Spoken Word Poetry & Pedagogy at LSU