Dominique Christina is an award-winning writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in the three years she competed, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships. She is also the 2013 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition Champion (NUPIC), and 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently an actor/writer for the HBO series High Maintenance Season 2 and does branding for Under Armour's #UnlikeAny campaign.
Dominique Christina has performed and conducted workshops for hundreds of colleges/universities, schools, community art spaces, nonprofit organizations, and conferences across the country. She has opened for Cornel West, appeared in Season 3 of Verses and Flow on TV One, performed for the Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till families at the Shiloh Baptist Church, and was a keynote speaker at the Emerging Women Conference, TedxMSU Denver, the LOHAS Conference, and was invited to China to perform her poetry in Chengdu. Dominique’s fourth manuscript “Anarcha Speaks” won the National Poetry Series 2017 Competition and will be published Fall 2018 by Beacon Press.
Her work has been published in:
Literary Journals/Magazines: Poetry Magazine (April 2016), The Poetry Review (UK), Alight Literary Journal, Hysteria Literary Magazine, Pedestal Magazine, Heart and Soul Magazine, Yellow Scene Magazine, Cult Noise Magazine, Amulet Magazine, and the International Business Times.
Anthologies: The Dead Animal Handbook, Tandem Anthology, The Golden Shovel Anthology, Female Erasure Anthology, The Girl God Anthology: Jesus, Muhammad, and The Goddess, Overthrowing Capitalism: An Anthology, and The Nasty Women Anthology.
Press: Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Upworthy, Daily Camera, Denver Post, For Harriet, and others.
Published Books: The Bones, The Breaking The Balm: A Colored Girl's Hymnal (Penmanship Books NY 2014), They Are All Me (Swimming With Elephants Publishing 2015), This is Woman's Work (SoundsTrue Publishing Oct 2015). (Presently writing a Young Adult Book for Random House/Knopf Publishing).
Her work is greatly influenced by her family's legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worlds. Her grandfather was a Hall of Famer in the Negro Leagues, while her aunt received the Congressional Medal of Honor for desegregating Central High School in Little Rock. A former 1996 Olympic Volleyball selection, Dominique was a licensed teacher for ten years, holding double Masters degrees in Education and English Literature. With extensive experience in the arts and education fields, she held positions as the Program Director for Peace Jam and for the State Department with Critical Mass Leadership Education.
Her third book: "This is Woman's Work" has received a starred review by The Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly and is used as required reading in a number of Women's Studies departments at colleges and universities throughout the country.
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DOMINIQUE CHRISTINA is an award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in four years, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. Her work is greatly influenced by her family's legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worlds. Her poetry collections are: The Bones, The Breaking, The Balm: A Colored Girl's Hymnal, published by Penmanship Books, and They Are All Me, published by Swimming With Elephants Publishing. Her third book, This Is Woman's Work, published by SoundsTrue Publishing, is the radical exploration of 20 archetypal incarnations of womanness and the creative process. She has done branding and marketing language for Abbot Meade & Vickers Ad Agency (U.K) and Under Armour and is a writer/actor for the HBO series High Maintenance Season 2.