Deonte Osayande

Author's Bio

Deonte Osayande is a former track and field sprinter turned writer from Detroit, Mi. He writes nonfiction and poetry and his poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, and a Pushcart Prize. He's been published online and in print in over two dozen different publications. He has represented Detroit at multiple National Poetry Slams, the Individual World Poetry Slam and multiple Regional Poetry Slam competitions and has been in the top 5 poets in the Midwest in poetry slams multiple times. He's given readings and headed many writing workshops at conferences including the Winter Wheat conference, the South North Griots Summit and the Symposium for the Society of the Study of Midwestern Literature to name a few. He's currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaching youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program.

Publications and Prizes

Curbside Splendor, Emerge Literary Journal, Eunoia, Front Porch Review, Quantum Poetry Magazine, The Missing Slate, Troubadour 21, Wayne Literary Review, [sic] Journal
Beltway Poetry Slam
, Last Poet Standing
, National Poetry Slam
, Spoken Word Revolution
, Toronto Poetry Slam
Prizes Won: 
2 Time Dudley Randall Poetry Contest Winner (2010,2011) Wayne Literary Review Poetry Contest Winner (2011) Co-Winner, Howling Wolf Chapbook Contest at the University of Detroit Mercy (2011) Detroit National Poetry Slam Team (2011,2014) Rustbelt Midwestern Regional Poetry Slam (2011-13,15) Knight Arts Challenge (2015)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Dozen by Casey Rocheteau
Urban Contemporary History Month by Scott Woods
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
To Show and To Tell by Phillip Lopate

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African American
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Detroit, MI
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Last updated: Mar 03, 2016