Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series: Sister Outsider Poetry
Sister Outsider Poetry is an award-winning duo representing two of the top three female slam poets in the world, Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman. They have appeared on six national poetry slam finals stages and have six championships collectively.
Sister Outsider stands at the intersection of art and activism, using poetry as a tool for social change. They bring culturally competent, paradigm shifting performance poetry, workshops, and dialogue to universities, institutions, schools, organizations, and community spaces all over the country to expand necessary conversations about identity, inclusion, race, gender and LGBTQ issues, and the epidemic of gender-based violence.
Inspired by the life and work of Audre Lorde, they write and perform their “otherness” into the center and use spoken word as a tool for social change. Through spoken word they connect deeply personal stories to a diverse range of social and political issues, particularly around race, gender and sexuality, and how those tie into being an "other." More specifically, poems focus on Latina, black, and multicultural identities, homophobia, surviving sexual assault, reclaiming women's bodies, immigration, language, educational inequalities, coming of age, and more.
Dominique Christina is a writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national titles in the three years she has been competing in slam, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships. Her first book of poetry, The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm, is available now.
Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, lyricist, and educator. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 Canto Mundo Fellow, 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient, and 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner. Her debut album, “Feels Like Home,” is available now.
This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Multicultural Student Center.
The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Honors College. The Spring 2015 Guest of Honor: Sister Outsider Poetry is co-sponsored by Black United Students.