On Wednesday. April 18, we welcome a local poet, writer, artist, and performer D. Colin to the 2018 Albany Word Fest edition of Albany Poets Presents at Restaurant Navona on New Scotland Avenue to share her work and then take questions from the audience about life, inspirations, writing, and more.
“Albany Poets Presents” is a series of readings that puts a spin on the typical poetry event in the local literary community by highlighting one poet with an interview and Q&A session following the featured performance.
Hailing from Bridgeport, CT, D. Colin is a writer, performer, visual artist and educator living in Troy, NY. As an undergraduate at Southern Connecticut State University, she majored in English with a concentration in African American literature and creative writing. She went on to attain a Masters in Africana Studies and is currently completing her thesis for a Masters in English from University at Albany.
D. Colin is the author of Dreaming in Kreyol, a collection of poems and prose paying homage to her Haitian heritage and history. She is currently working on her second collection, Window Seat & Chalklines to be released Spring 2018. She has been a featured poet performing at venues throughout the country in over ten states including the renowned Nuyorican Poet’s Café, Boston’s Museum of Fine Art and internationally in Toronto, Glasgow and London.
D. Colin is a VONA Voices alumna. She is an Arts Center of the Capital Region grant recipient and a Breathing Lights grant recipient for facilitating youth poetry workshops and founder of M.A.D. Poetry (Making A Difference), an emerging teen slam poetry program in New York’s Capital Region. D. Colin was also the 2016 poet in residence for Voices of Community put on by Sandglass Theater and Next Stage Arts Project.
In 2012, she competed at the National Poetry Slam with the first poetry slam team from Albany, NY, the Nitty Gritty Slam team. In 2016 and 2017, she won a spot to compete at the Women of the World Poetry Slam (Brooklyn and Dallas) and is currently ranked 35 out of 96 women from around the country and internationally. She also competed with the Nitty Gritty Slam Team at the QEW Slam in Toronto in 2016 winning 3rd place and in Buffalo in 2017 winning 1st place.
Her theater work includes playing “Lady in Red” from For colored girls who considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, “Maima” from Eclipsed and reenactments of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. D. Colin is a recipient of the League of Women Voters Presidential Award for her original script and reenactment of Sojourner Truth.
In 2014, she started and ran a poetry reading series called “Between the Lines” and currently she curates a weekly poetry/spoken word series called “Poetic Vibe” at Troy Kitchen since 2016. She is the owner and designer of Empress Bohemia, her Etsy shop for Afrocentric, bohemian inspired handmade jewelry and art. Her artwork has been displayed in galleries, coffeehouses and arts events.
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