DuEwa M. Frazier
poet - author - performance artist - writer
Poet, publisher author, and performance artist DuEwa M. Frazier began making her mark as a spoken word artist, in Summer 1999 when she featured at the Multi-State Poetry Slam in Philadelphia, PA. Since then DuEwa has been called a 'gifted and conscious performing poet' and 'one of the illest wordsmiths breathing!' Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, this young artist has featured at slam venues, colleges, festivals, public schools, museums and other institutions including: Bowery Poetry Club and the famed Nuyorican Poet's Caf' (NYC), Bohemian Caverns (DC), Howard University, Legacy Bookstore & Caf' (St. Louis), Temple University, October Gallery (Philadelphia), Indianapolis Book Festival, Museum of Afro-American Artists (Boston), West Virginia Wesleyan College, and many more!
As a speaker she has featured on panels (Temple University's Sisters Defining Sisters Conference, African Voices Magazine's Cultural Circle Conference and Sista Cyper: Battling a Bad Rap Hip Hop Panel) relating to self-publishing and hip hop media. Her reach as a dynamic artist is also felt through literature and publishing as she is Founder/CEO of Lit Noire Publishing and the producer of Word Canvas open mic poetry events in New York City. Frazier is the author of two highly reviewed volumes of poetry: Shedding Light From My Journeys and Stardust Tracks on a Road. She is the Editor of the forthcoming anthology, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees (July 2006), featuring the work of fifty internationally/nationally known women poets including Debra Powell-Wright, Pat McLean-Rashine, Karen Gibson Roc, Aya de Leon, Queen Sheba and others. Her poetry has featured in publications such as Essence, Drumvoices Revue, Signifyin' Harlem Literary Journal, X Magazine, Black Arts Quarterly, Poetry Ink: 10th Anniversary Anthology and others.
As an educator, DuEwa works with secondary school students and focuses on teaching them through poetry, dramatic performance and all forms of creative writing. She earned the B.A. Degree in English from Hampton University and the M.S.Ed. Degree from Fordham University. She plans to use her latest publication Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees as a literacy tool to inspire young girls to write, as well as a means to bridge hip hop with traditional poetry text in the classroom. DuEwa is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society of Educators.
As a playwright and actress, Frazier wrote and performed her first one-woman dramatic play at The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, titled 'Flash Femininity' a play which presents themes and lessons relating to: women in hip hop, community upliftment, the war in Iraq, Black women and HIV/AIDS and cultural art. In 2005 she featured on the spoken word film 'Rhyme and Reason' with Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Taylor Mali, Danny Simmons and other artists. She resides in New York.
Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees
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Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees 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; healing from violence; family and motherhood; jazz music; Black history; and spirituality. The pages of Check the Rhyme 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
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
Praise for Shedding Light from My Journeys
"This young woman
shares her heart and conveys her message so well and passionately."
"DuEwa gives us a
glimpse of her inner journey. She eloquently speaks of experiences that we've all
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Articles Written by DuEwa Frazier
Mos Def: Amino Alkaline ' The Watermelon Syndicate rocked the dome of Carnegie Hall
A Fire in Harlem - Tribute to Sekou Sundiata at UpSouth International Book Festival
The Last Poets: Still On a Mission by DuEwa M. Frazier
Official Website of Lit Noire Publishing
Publishing Profile: DuEwa Frazier, founder of Lit Noire Publishing
By Felicia Pride
Book Release of Shedding Light From My Journeys
by DuEwa M. Frazier