Dena Igusti

Spoken Word Artist

Queens, NY

Author's Bio

Dena Igusti is an Indonesian-Muslim poet based in Queens, NYC. She is currently the co-founder of Short Line Review and collective UNCOMMON;YOU. She is a 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. She is a 2018 Works on Water resident and is currently a 2019 Players Theatre Self-Production resident for her co-written Off-Broadway play ‘Sharum’. Her work has been featured in BOAAT Press, The Shanghai Literary Review, and more. Her chapbook "Growth Response" is forthcoming with The Head & The Hand Press.

Publications & Prizes

Performances:
Brooklyn Museum's Teen Night (2019)
,
Apollo Theater (2018)
,
NYU Metro Center’s Youth Celebration (2018)
,
Teen Vogue TurnUp Summit (2018)
,
American Muslim Video Cypher (2017)
,
It's On Us at Rutgers University (2017)
Prizes won: 

2019 Summer Elings Grant Recipient
2019 Players Theatre Self-Production Resident
2019 Glass Poetry Press Chapbook Finalist
2018 Works on Water Resident
2018 Digging Press Chapbook Semi-Finalist
2018 Nostrovia Press Chapbook Finalist
2018 New York City Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador
2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow

 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Danez Smith, Frank Bidart, Aziza Barnes, Safia Elhillo, Kaveh Akbar
What I'm reading now: 
Metaphysical Dog by Frank Bidart

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Asian American, LGBTQ, Muslim
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Queens, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Queens, NY
New York
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Last update: Aug 07, 2019