DéLana R.A. Dameron is a writer, philanthropist, and arts + culture strategist.


Arts + Culture Strategy

Founded in 2013, Red Olive is a boutique arts + culture consulting firm, specializing in nonprofit fundraising and organizational development. Select clients include: Ford Foundation, Whiting Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Powerhouse Arts.


DéLana R.A. Dameron is the author of two books of poetry, Weary Kingdom (2017), and How God Ends Us (2009). In addition, her fiction and non-fiction have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She has taught poetry + fiction at NYU, Rutgers-Newark, University of Mississippi, The Watering Hole, Cave Canem Foundation, and Poet’s House.


Black Art Futures Fund is a collaborative grant-making project that provides grants to small nonprofit organizations who support and present Black arts and artists. BAFF has awarded $36,000 to 9 small arts organizations since 2018.