Jeni De La O


Detroit, MI
Michigan US

Author's Bio

Jeni De La O is an Afro-Cuban poet and storyteller living in Detroit. She is a 2021 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow in Literary Arts and a founding member of The Estuary Collective. With the collective, Jeni arranges free and donation-based programming for emerging writers including readings, workshops, and craft discussions. She is Managing Editor at Kissing Dynamite Poetry and authors the monthly column, BROWN STUDY, at  The Poetry Question. Her chapbook, SOFIAS is forthcoming from Ethel Press in 2022. Jeni has appeared as a storyteller with The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, Lamplight Festival, MouthPiece Stories, and The Moth MainStage. Her poetry has appeared in Wayne Literary Review, Columbia Journal, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, and other places.

Publications & Prizes

Faceless Brown Masses (Flatiron Books, 2020)
Soliloquies Anthology #22 (Soliloquies Anthology, 2018)
SOFIAS (Ethel, 2022)
Prizes won: 

2021  Literary Fellow, Kresge Arts in Detroit

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Black, Caribbean American, Cuban American
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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Hialeah, FL
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Last update: Jul 03, 2021