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DENICE FROHMAN is a poet, performer, and educator from New York City. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion and National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures grant recipient. Her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of ColorWomen of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, and garnered over 10 million views online. She’s featured on national and international stages, including The Apollo, The White House, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, PEN World Voices Festival, and over 200 colleges and universities. She has a Master’s in Education and is co-organizer of #PoetsforPuertoRico. She lives in Philadelphia.


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DENICE FROHMAN is a poet, performer, and educator from New York City. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures grant recipient. Her honors include: Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion (2013), Hispanic Choice Award winner (2013), and Leeway Transformation Award recipient, given to women and trans artists creating art for social change.

Her work has appeared in Kweli Journal, ESPNW, The Acentos Review, The Adroit Journal, Split This Rock's The Quarry, and elsewhereHer work can also be found in the following books, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books); Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Books); What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern Press / forthcoming); Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word (Rethinking Schools, 2nd ed.).

Collectively garnering over 10 million views online, she’s been featured on Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Refinery 29, AutoStraddle, and Upworthy. She also appeared on ESPN's "One Nacion" TV special and Lexus' Verses and Flow on TV One. She was named "Top 20 Emerging LGBT Leader" by the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, and one of "5 LGBTQ Latinx Hereos for Every Classroom" by GLSEN.

Her poetry has been commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ESPN, mitú, the City of Philadelphia, GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino Aids Education Initiative), and Twitter as part of the #HereWeAre campaign to uplift women's voices, which aired on national television. She has written creative content for brands, collaborated with arts foundations, and worked with grassroots non-profits on social justice campaigns.

As a queer, mixed Latina, Frohman is the daughter of Puerto Rican and Jewish parents. She played professional basketball in Puerto Rico after college where she earned a four-year athletic scholarship, and earned her Master’s in Education from Drexel University.

She’s performed on national and international stages for well over a decade, including The Apollo, The White House (2016), PEN World Voices Festival, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (France), Lincoln Center, ACLU (PA), TedxPhilly, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, City of Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs, WPP Stream conference, The Chewstick Foundation (Bermuda), U.S Hispanic Leadership Institute, and over 200 colleges and universities. 

Her work focuses on identity, lineage, subverting traditional notions of power, and celebrating the parts of ourselves deemed unworthy. She hopes to inspire people, particularly young folks of color, to see themselves as writers. A former Program Director at The Philly Youth Poetry Movement, she worked to create safe spaces for Philadelphia teens to discover the power of their voices. Her passion to mentor young people has always been a central part of her work.

She is co-organizer of #PoetsforPuertoRico and lives in Philadelphia.