DuEwa Frazier is a writer, author, educator, and award nominated poet. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She founded Lit Noire Publishing in 2002 and has produced numerous literary and performance events featuring poets, authors and musicians across New York City and other locations such as Baltimore, Atlanta, Berkeley and Philadelphia.
DuEwa has been called a “gifted” poet. Her poetry has been published in Essence Magazine, Reverie Journal, Kweli Journal, Tidal Basin Review, Poetry In Performance, Drumvoices Revue, Black Arts Quarterly, X Magazine and other publications. In 2005 she featured in the documentary film Rhyme and Reason.
She has been a featured poet, author and speaker at arts venues, conferences, schools and colleges including NCTE Annual College and Composition Conference, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Harlem Book Fair, Queens Public Library, La Pepatian, Bronx Museum, Center for Black Literature, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bohemian Caverns (DC), La Pena Cultural Arts Center (CA), Charis Books (Atlanta), Legacy Books (St. Louis), Howard University Bookstore, The Yale Club, Hue Man Bookstore, Indianapolis Book Fest, Capital Book Fest, The Shrine, Bowery Poetry Club, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, CUNY Poetry Festival and many others.
DuEwa has been profiled in About a Book Mondays blog, Femmixx.com, St. Louis Argus Newspaper, St. Louis American Newspaper, Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly, The Ave Magazine, Booking Matters Magazine, SpokenVizions Magazine and others. As a journalist, her work has featured in/at: FreshGoddess.com, MyBrownBaby.com, Mosaic Magazine, AALBC.com, Allhiphop.com, DaveyD.com, Mahogany Butterfly Online, EzineArticles and others.
She is the host and producer of Rhymes, Views & News Talk Radio an internet radio show featuring authors, poets, actors and other arts professionals. DuEwa is a long time arts advocate, cultural organizer and member of the New York City arts community.
As an educator DuEwa has taught elementary, middle and high school students.
She has also taught Adult Basic Education for adult learners and facilitated
parent and professional development workshops. She has a special interest in
writing initiatives for youth, digital literacy, literacy initiatives for
boys and struggling readers and culturally aligned curriculum.
DuEwa earned the B.A. degree in English at Hampton University, the M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University and the M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing at The New School and the Ed.M. degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia University in New York City.
in the Middle
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Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Lit Noire Publishing; 1 edition (July 3, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
What would you do if you were caught in the middle? 14 year-old Deanne T. Summers knows that starting life as a high school freshman isn't going to be easy. Deanne didn't count on having her loyalty tested to her childhood friends, the Southgate Avenue crew, when she befriends a clique of the wealthiest students at Stonywood High School. What does loyalty and friendship have to do with being called a "wannabe" or worse? The inner strength Deanne's always had just may crumble as she strives to manage friendships of two opposing cliques and overcome the pains of betrayal.
Under the Bridge: Poems
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Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Lit Noire Publishing (April 13, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
From the award nominated poet and author of Shedding Light From My Journeys, Stardust Tracks on a Road, Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children, comes a new volume of powerful, inspirational poetry. Goddess Under the Bridge, DuEwa Frazier's fourth poetry collection, is a meditation on the beautiful, the ugly, the passion, the struggle and reflection of the inner goddess. The poems pay homage to Alice Coltrane, Suzan Lori Parks, Lucille Clifton and other notable artists. Frazier's words shake and shout, rant and conjure moving and familiar images from the past, present and future of one's waking life.
Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children
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Paperback: 52 pages
Publisher: Lit Noire Publishing (May 28, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 inches
Ten Marbles is a collection of poems for children. The poems cover themes ranging from love for nature and animals to summertime fun and more! The book features writing and drawing activities, in addition to comprehension questions after selected poems. This collection is perfect for bedtime storytelling, classroom literacy activities, and inspiring children to write creatively. Ages 7-12
Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees
Edited by DuEwa M. Frazier
Publisher: Lit Noire Publishing (July 21, 2006)
Nominated for the 2007 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding
Literary Work - Poetry and the 2007 AALAS Open Book Award (Poetry), Check
the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees (Lit Noire Publishing)
is a cross-generational volume of poetry, featuring the work of 50 thought
provoking and inspirational women writers, lyricists and spoken word artists
from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Check the Rhyme features eighteen
chapters, revealing poetry that is a representation of both emerging and
established poets who write on a variety of themes including: beauty and
self esteem; empowerment for youth; hip hop culture; love relationships; the
memory and meaning of home; the state of our society; Hurricane Katrina's
impact; artistic and political contributions of legendary artists; jazz
music; spirituality and more!
Many of the poets within this anthology are professors, award winning slam poets, actresses, playwrights, featured poets on HBO Def Poetry Jam, journalists, and all around RENAISSANCE WOMEN!
The pages of Check the Rhyme Anthology are filled with insights, experiences and challenges of women who walk the warrior path, intending to shape the world with the passion that fuels their dreams.
Stardust Tracks on a Road
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Pub. Date: April 2005
Publisher: Lit Noire Publishing
Stardust Tracks on a Road is a classic literary offering, from a young writer with an old, traveling soul. Stardust Tracks on a Road is yet another creative offering, for family, friends and community, from Ms. DuEwa M. Frazier. Three years after the release of her first inspirational volume of poetry, Shedding Light From My Journeys, her latest collection speaks to still, more life journeys. Some poems pay homage to Ntozake Shange, Katherine Dunham, Sonia Sanchez and Zora Neale Hurston, other poems cry out: to our youth, cry out for rebirth in hip hop, cry out for love, to recognize the soul origins of rock and roll, to reflect upon the artistic greats of Harlem, to give women a taste of empowerment, and to reflect upon what makes women FIERCE! These poems are for student folk, every day folk, scholarly folk, activist folk, educator folk, artistic dancing, poetizing, painting, singing, and dramatist folk. These poems are for the child in you, the lover in you, the funk and hip hop music in you, the strength and the weakness in you. These poems will inspire, motivate, make you reflect and make you smile. Giving readers a taste of her jazz-blues-soul poetry style, DuEwa writes in free verse and haiku. The setting of Stardust Tracks is anywhere. The wise and deliberate tone of DuEwa, is sure to take you everywhere as you experience her spoken word in its powerful written form.
Paperback: 96 pages, Paperback
Publisher: Lit Noire Publishing (April 2002)
Praise for Shedding Light from My Journeys
"This young woman shares her heart and conveys her message so well and passionately." —Abena, Amazon.com user/reader
"DuEwa gives us a glimpse of her inner journey. She eloquently speaks of experiences that we've all passed through." —Angela Kinamore, Poetry Editor, Essence Magazine
Shedding Light from My Journeys is a volume of poetry which reveals the passionate and insightful perspective of a young African American female poet on: love for community progress; homage to legendary artists and leaders; thrill and joy of love; the performing arts; rites of womanhood; inspired self reflection; growing up and the personal journeys we all share regardless of race, color or ethnicity. This book is a must read for educators, poetry lovers, historians, students, poets, youth and adults alike!
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