Writer | DéLana R.A. Dameron’s second collection of poems Weary Kingdom (2017) is part of the University of South Carolina Palmetto Poetry Series, edited by Nikky Finney. Dameron’s debut collection How God Ends Us (2009) was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. She has conducted readings, workshops and lectures all across the United States, Central America and Europe. Dameron holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University where she was a Goldwater Hospital Writer’s workshop fellow, and was named the 2018 Summer Poet in Residence at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. Dameron has had short stories, essays, interviews, and poems published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Catapult, Southern Cultures, BUZZFEED, ARTS.BLACK, Storyscape Journal, The Rumpus, Kweli Journal, Epiphany Magazine, the Tidal Basin Review, African American Review, The New Sound Journal, the Academy of American Poets, among others.
Culture-Maker | DéLana R.A. Dameron brings over a decade of experience in non-profit fundraising and program development in the areas of arts & culture and education. In 2013, she began Red Olive Creative Consulting, a boutique consulting firm specializing in fundraising and organizational development for small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations. In addition to consulting for small arts & culture organizations towards building capacity and sustainability, Dameron is the founder of Black Art Futures Fund.
After 13 years abroad in New York City, she returned in 2020 to her native Columbia, South Carolina.