Artist Biography

DuEwa Frazier is a poet, author, educator, speaker and performer.  She was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  She is the author of Quincy Rules (2016), a teen novel and the young adult novel Deanne in the Middle (2014). DuEwa is also the author of Goddess Under the Bridge: Poems (2013), Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children (2010), Stardust Tracks on a Road (2005), and Shedding Light From My Journeys (2002). She is the editor and publisher of the NAACP Image Award nominated (in Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry) anthology, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees (July 2006), featuring the work of fifty internationally/nationally known women poets.

Check the Rhyme also received nominations from Writers Digest Publishing Award and African American Literary Award Show. DuEwa founded Lit Noire Publishing in 2002 and has produced numerous literary and performance events featuring poets, authors and musicians across New York City and other locations such as St. Louis, Baltimore, Atlanta, Berkeley and Philadelphia.

DuEwa has been called a “gifted” poet.  Her poetry has been published in Crossing the Divide AnthologyEleven Eleven Literary Journal, Split This Rock (Blog This Rock), Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Essence Magazine, Reverie Journal, Kweli Journal, Tidal Basin Review, Poetry In Performance, Drumvoices Revue, Black Arts Quarterly, Signifyin’ Harlem, Brownstone Poets Anthology, X Magazine and other publications. In 2005 she featured in the documentary film “Rhyme and Reason,”also featuring Taylor Mali (Def Poetry Jam), Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), and Danny Simmons (Rush Arts Gallery and Def Poetry Jam).

She has been a featured poet, author and speaker at arts venues, conferences, schools, festivals, and colleges including BCALA Annual Conference, St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival, Paris Lit Up (Paris, France), All Write Festival, Subterranean Books, Barnes & Noble (Hampton, VA and St. Louis, MO), Unity Community in St. Louis, NCTE College and Composition Conference, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Harlem Book Fair, Missouri History Museum, Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, La Pepatian, Bronx Museum, Center for Black Literature, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Bohemian Caverns (DC), La Pena Cultural Arts Center (CA), Charis Books (Atlanta), Legacy Books (St. Louis), Howard University Bookstore, The Yale Club (NY), Hue Man Bookstore (Harlem), Indianapolis Book Fest, Capital Book Fest, The Shrine, Bowery Poetry Club, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, CCNY Poetry Festival, Regional Arts Commission (MO), National Conference of African American Librarians and others.  DuEwa was the 2015 Returning Artist for the University City Arts & Letters Commission.

DuEwa has been profiled in SORMAG, About a Book Mondays blog, OEBooks blog, Conscious Discussions blog, Femmixx.com, St. Louis Argus Newspaper, St. Louis American Newspaper, Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly, The Ave Magazine, Booking Matters Magazine, SpokenVizions Magazine, The Brown Bookshelf and others. As a journalist, her work has featured in/at: AV Magazine, Mosaic Magazine, Aalbc.com, Allhiphop.com, DaveyD.com, EzineArticles and others.

She is the host and producer of Rhymes, Views & News Talk Radio an internet radio show featuring authors, poets, actors and other arts professionals.  DuEwa is a long time arts advocate, cultural organizer and member of the poetry community.  She has collaborated and hosted programs with and for notable poets, authors and speakers.  In 2016, DuEwa produced and hosted the “I Rise: Women’s History Month Tribute to Women Poets” in St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum.  DuEwa produced and hosted the 2010 Harlem Book Fair Tribute “Haiku & Handgrenades” for notable poet, scholar, and activist, Dr. Sonia Sanchez.  

DuEwa has taught both youth and adults in English, Theater Arts, Creative Writing and English Composition (Preparatory, Comp I and Comp II).  She has also served schools as a Teaching Artist, Literacy Specialist and Educational Consultant.  She has collaborated with libraries on special programs and workshops including Queens Library, St. Louis Public Library (Author Shout Out), and Brooklyn Public Library.

DuEwa earned the B.A. degree in English at Hampton University (Go Pirates!), the M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University, the M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing at The New School and the Ed.M. degree in Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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