A native of Columbia, South Carolina and a Cave Canem fellow, DéLana R.A. Dameron’s profoundly moving and accomplished poems address black southern narratives, black migration, history, and culture, as well as racial tensions in the North and South. Using language both lyrical and plain spoken, her writing blends the mythic with the quotidian, the spiritual with the concrete, crafting a complex and compelling celebration of black life and urging us to consider radical ways of existing in and transforming our world.
In addition to How God Ends Us, selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, and Weary Kingdom, selected by Nikky Finney for the Palmetto Poetry Series, Dameron’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, ARTS.BLACK, Storyscape Journal, The Rumpus, Epiphany Magazine, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and New York University's MFA program, she has conducted readings, workshops, and lectures across the US, Central America, and Europe. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, where she is an arts and culture administrator.
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