The Poet’s List: Dominique Christina

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DOMINIQUE CHRISTINA

 

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Quote: “We ain’t even written down yet. Can’t you see yourself dangling on the end of my pen?” — Dominique Christina

One Accolade: Winner of Women of the World Poetry Slam (2012 & 2014)

Dominique Christina is a writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds four national titles in the three years she has been competing in slam, including the 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently the only person to have held two national titles at one time and the only poet in history to win the Women of the World Poetry Championship TWICE. Her work is greatly influenced by her family’s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement; her grandfather was a Hall of Famer in the Negro Leagues, while her aunt, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, was one of the Little Rock Nine. Dominique has always known she was a colored girl. Her writing is a celebration of that. Dominique Christina has performed across the country, opening for Cornel West, and performing for the Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till families in Washington DC at the Shiloh Baptist Church.

A former 1996 Olympic Volleyball player, Dominique has over 10 years experience as a licensed teacher, holding double Masters degrees in Education and English Literature. She is the Operations Director for Shaheed Media LLC, booking agency, has appeared in Season 3 of Verses and Flow on TV One, and was a featured speaker at TedxMSU Denver. Her first full length poetry book, The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm: A Colored Girl’s Hymnal was released March 3, 2014 (Penmanship NY). Her second book, a radical look at the creative process, Writing In Fire, is set for publication in 2015 by Sounds True. She conducts performance/workshops for all over the country for colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, and conferences like the LOHAS forum in Boulder Colorado. She also does branding and marketing language for companies like Lotus Wei and Gaia and performed at The Emerging Women Conference along with Alanis Morisette and Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues. She is presently enjoying a rigorous tour schedule with Denice Frohman as Sister Outsider.

 

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