Douglas G. Cala

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Staten Island, NY
New York US

Author's Bio

Douglas G. Cala is a spoken word performance poet, photographer/videographer and editor from New York. Getting his start on the cafe open mic circuit in the mid 2000s, Douglas has gone on to headline a variety of venues around the East Coast. These include feature showcases at The Cutting Room, Metropolitan Room, NJPAC, Brooklyn College, Manhattanville College, Columbia University, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Busboys and Poets, the IMPerfect Gallery, Cornelia Street Cafe, Sidewalk Cafe, Parkside Lounge, New York Public Library, and the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island, among many others.

He has been published in a variety of zines, magazines and anthologies including Trouvaille Review, Soup Can Magazine, Flora Fiction, Gnashing Teeth Publishing, Poet's Haven, IMPspired, Boog City, Taj Mahal Review, and others. When not writing and reciting, Douglas works full time for the NYC Department of Education's Division of Instructional Information Technology department as an Instructional IT Specialist & Desktop Publisher. He is also a staff editor for Dark Onus Lit/Dark Onus Press, an experimental Philadelphia-based magazine that publishes poetry, flash fiction, spoken word audio performance, artwork and prose. His forthcoming debut poetry chapbook, Eternal Embers, is due for release in 2023-2024. His six-track spoken word performance poetry/hybrid music EP Oenomel is due for release in September 2023. A documentary he was the Director of Photography on as well as co-produced, co-directed, co-edited and co-wrote titled Grimoire: Genesis of Jacob is also due for release Fall 2023. 


Publications & Prizes


New Generation Beats Anthology (National Beat Poetry Foundation, 2023)
Insurrection (Gnashing Teeth Publishing, 2021)
Boog City
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Home Planet News
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The Poet's Haven
Trouvaille Review

Spoken Word

Feature at NYPL - Stapleton (2023)
New York City Poetry Festival 2023 - Governor's Island, NYC (2023)
Speak Easy - Lincoln's - Portland Poet's Society - Portland, ME (2023)
WORDPLAY: OPEN MIC - FEATURE - Richmond Hood Company, Staten Island, NY (2023)
Edgewater Reading Series (2020)
Great Weather for Media Spoken Word Sundays (2020)
Liberate the Verse (2019)
Sideshow Poetry (2019)
The Inspired Word (2014)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Ezra Pound, Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Allen Ginsberg, Saul Williams, Dylan Thomas, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sonya Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Chris Claremont, Agatha Christie, Malcolm Gladwell, Joseph Heller, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Jack Finney, Charles Simic, Robert Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, John Grisham, Rumi, Virginia Wolf, Tsun Zu, John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, T.S Elliot, L. Frank Baum
What I'm reading now: 
Cane, Corn & Gully by Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa, The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL, Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, Judas & Suicide by Maya Williams, The Bookstore Book: A Memoir by Ron Kolm, Time Sensitive by Julie Bolt

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Italian American, White
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Disability, Illness/Wellness, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Staten Island, NY
New York
Raised in: 
New York, NY
New York
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Last update: Sep 01, 2023