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Dear Straight People – Denise Frohman

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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, 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, the Advocate and literary publications such as The Apiary, Narrative Northeast 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 1 million 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 identity, deconstructing dominant social constructs, challenging oppressive narratives, and claiming the power to be who you are.

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