Hometown: Chico, CA / Baton Rouge, LA
Quote: “I didn’t know the carpenters in my heart until I needed them.” — Desiree Dallagiacomo
One Accolade: 2013 Southwest Shootout Regional Slam Champion
Desireé Dallagiacomo lives in a yellow house in New Orleans. Her porch is much larger than necessary. She shares her poems with people and animals across the country. Desireé teaches performance and writing workshops with the Recovery School District, Centre for the Arts, and WordPlay Teen Writing Project. She is studying creative writing at the University of New Orleans, where she is the sole recipient of the Ryan Chigazola Poetry Scholarship. She is the 2013 Southwest Shootout Regional Slam Champion and she has competed in multiple national and international poetry slams. She has been a featured reader at universities and festivals across the country. She has performed alongside acclaimed poets such as Saul Williams, Martin Espada, Jeffrey McDaniel, and Mos Def. Her work can be found in The Allen Review, Ampersand Journal, Ellipsis, Tandem, Word Dance, and other publications.