Dena Igusti

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Queens, NY
New York US

Author's Bio

Dena Igusti is a queer non binary Indonesian Muslim writer, multimedia artist, and FGC survivor & activist born and raised in Queens, New York. They are the author of CUT WOMAN (Game Over Books, 2020) and I NEED THIS TO NOT SWALLOW ME ALIVE (Gingerbug Press, 2021). They have received play commissions at New Ohio Theatre (Kept in the Dark, 2022), The Tank (First Sight, 2021), Center At West Park (CON DOUGH: Stories of 1-in-5 Gentrified, 2021), and Players Theatre (SHARUM, 2019). They are a Culture Push Associated Artist. They are currently a 2021 Playwright-in-Residence for Rogue Theater Festival. They are the co-founder of Asian multidisciplinary arts collective UNCOMMON;YOU and multimedia platform and production company Dearest Mearest. They are a 2022 Playground Fellow, 2022 Sundress Academy for the Arts Resident, 2022 Baldwin For The Arts Resident, 2021 Hook Arts Media Digital Connections Fellow, 2021 City Artist Corps, 2021 Stories Award Finalist, 2021 LMCC Governor’s Island Resident, 2021 Broadway For Racial Justice Inaugural Casting Directive Fellow, 2020 Seventh Wave Editorial Resident, 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow, 2020 Spotify Sound Up cohort member, 2019 Player’s Theatre Resident Playwright, and 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. They are a Converse All Stars Artist and UN #TOGETHERBAND Global Ambassador. Their work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. Their work has been produced and performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, Prelude Festival (Cut Woman 2020), The Tank (First Sight 2021 at LimeFest), and several other venues internationally. 

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: 

2022 Baldwin for the Arts Resident
2022 Best of the Net Nominee
2022 Sundress Academy for the Arts Resident Fellow
2021 Stories Award Finalist
2021 DreamYard Poetry Consortium Fellow
2021 LMCC Governor’s Island Resident
2021 United Nations #TOGETHERBAND Global Ambassador
2021 Converse All Stars Artist
2020 Spotify Sound Up
2020 Obvi Design Creative Fellow
2020-2021 Entropy Mag Best Of (CUT WOMAN)
2020 Harvard Bookstore Staff Pick (CUT WOMAN)
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

More Information

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Asian American, LGBTQ, Muslim
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Queens, NY
New York
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Queens, NY
New York
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Last update: Mar 23, 2022