"When they ask you who you are...tell them you are many mountains moving. Tell them you are wind song. Tell them they should not have to ask. Tell them you do not have to answer."
In 1996 the volleyball star, after making the 1996 United States Olympic Volleyball team, suffered an injury during the opening ceremony match of the Olympic games but still took center stage as a featured vocalist for those opening ceremonies. Holding double Masters degrees in English Lit and Education, Dominique has worked as an educator, cultural media director, children's advocate, and non-profit program director.
Dominique began slamming in February 2011 when longtime friend and nationally recognized poet, Ayinde Russell coaxed her into trying. Within a month she qualified herself for the Slam Nuba team that went on to win the title in August 2011 and then seven months later she claimed the National title again at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Championship held in Denver, Colorado March 2012, and just recently Dominique became Women of the World Runner Up for 2013 after receiving a time penalty (which she is becoming rather famous for doing). She is presently the only person to hold two national titles at the same time and is the only person to win a national title every year for the last three years which is the length of time Dominique has been slamming.
Dominique is performing on the NACA circuit and will publish her first full length volume of poetry in 2013. She conducts performance/workshops for the LOHAS forum in Boulder Colorado, has done branding and marketing language for companies like Lotus Wei and Gaia Herbs and will perform for a TED Talk in Spring 2013, another in Fall 2013, and will perform in Birmingham Alabama for the fiftieth anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, and in October will perform alongside Alanis Morisette and work with Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues at the Emerging Women Conference. She is most excited about touring with Denice Frohman for the Sister Outsider Poetry Project in 2013.
Dominique will have her first full length book, Writing in Fire, published in the Spring 2014 as well as a full length volume of poetry published by Penmanship Books March 1, 2014.
Dominique wins 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam!
poem: "Star Gazer"
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