Denise Ervin

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Detroit, MI

Author's Bio

Denise R. Ervin is a creative writer hewn from the streets, classrooms, and boardrooms of the city of Detroit. Formally educated in both literature and business, she has served in corporate America by day and as an adjunct college professor by night. Her work focuses on the experiences of those who look, live, and love like her. As a teaching artist, she has spent nearly two decades performing around the country, publishing in online and print journals, crafting full-length novel projects, and leading online workshops. Most recently, Denise won a United States of Writing Grant from Poets & Writers and was selected as a Writing Fellow by The Watering Hole. Her work is forthcoming in The Fire Inside 2, an anthology from Zora's Den.

Publications & Prizes


Journals: ,
Harbinger Asylum

Spoken Word

HERstories: Slam in the Cube (DSO) (2022)
SROP Intern Mixer (2022)
SROP Intern Mixer (2021)
SROP Intern Mixer (2020)
SROP Intern Mixer (2019)
SROP Intern Mixer (2018)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
An ever-evolving list that includes Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Kiese Laymon, Nnedi Okorafor, and Hanif Abdurraqib
What I'm reading now: 
You Don't Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Zora Neale Hurston

More Information

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Identifies as: 
African American
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Born in: 
Detroit, MI
Raised in: 
Detroit, MI
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Last update: Jul 21, 2022