Deonte Osayande


350 Bert Lane
Inkster , MI 48141

Author's Bio

Deonte Osayande is a writer from Detroit, Mi. His nonfiction and poetry have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, the Pushcart Prize and he's had a book nominated for a Digital Book Award. He has represented Detroit at four National Poetry Slam competitions. He's currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College. His books include Class (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017), Circus (Brick Mantle Books, 2018) and Civilian (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2019). He also managed the Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam and Festival for 2014 and 2018.

Publications & Prizes

Curbside Splendor
Emerge Literary Journal
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Front Porch Review
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Quantum Poetry Magazine
Troubadour 21
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Beltway Poetry Slam (2012)
Last Poet Standing (2012)
Spoken Word Revolution (2012)
Toronto Poetry Slam (2012)
National Poetry Slam (2011)
Prizes won: 

2 Time Dudley Randall Poetry Contest Winner (2010,2011) Wayne Literary Review Poetry Contest Winner (2011) Co-Winner, Howling Wolf Chapbook Contest at the University of Detroit Mercy (2011) Detroit National Poetry Slam Team (2011,2014,2017,2018) Rustbelt Midwestern Regional Poetry Slam (2011-13,15,17) Knight Arts Challenge (2015)

More Information

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African American
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Fluent in: 
English, French, Spanish
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Detroit, MI
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Last update: Dec 07, 2020