Dena Igusti

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Queens, NY

Author's Bio

Dena Igusti (she/they) is a queer Indonesian Muslim poet, playwright, and producer born and raised in Queens, New York. She is the author of CUT WOMAN (Game Over Books). She is the co-founder of Asian multidisciplinary arts collective UNCOMMON;YOU and literary press Short Line Review. She is a 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. She is a 2019 Player’s Theatre Resident Playwright for her co-written Off-Broadway production SHARUM. Her choreopoem, CUT WOMAN was featured at Prelude Festival 2020. She is a 2020 Seventh Wave Editorial Resident, 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow and part of Spotify Sound Up’s 2020 cohort. Her work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. She has performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, and several venues across the nation. 

Publications & Prizes


Cut Woman (Game Over Books, 2020)
Growth Response (Head & the Hand, 2020)

Spoken Word

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: 

2020 Seventh Wave Mag Editorial Resident
2020 Spotify Sound Up Cohort
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

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Asian American, LGBTQ, Muslim
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Born in: 
Queens, NY
New York
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Queens, NY
New York
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Last update: Nov 08, 2020