Dena Igusti

Poet, 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 micro-chapbook "Growth Response" is forthcoming with The Head & The Hand Press. Her debut poetry collection "Party Guidelines" is forthcoming with Game Over Books.

Publications & Prizes


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: 

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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Identifies as: 
Asian American, LGBTQ, Muslim
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Born in: 
Queens, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Queens, NY
New York
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Last update: Jan 10, 2020