Deonte Osayande is a writer, performer and instructor from Detroit, Mi. His poems have been published in over a dozen literary journals including Camroc Press Review, Prime Number Magazine, and The Missing Slate and have won awards in the Dudley Randall Poetry Contest and the Wayne Literary Review Poetry Contest. He is a two time member of the Detroit National Poetry Slam Team and has competed for Detroit three times at the Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam. His poems have reached out as far as Ghana, Nigeria and the UK. As a performer he has shared his poetry on stages across the US and Canada. He is a recent graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy where he received a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Liberal Studies. When not writing or traveling he enjoys time with family, taking care of his friend’s cats and he teaches creative writing to inner city youth through the Inside Out Detroit program.
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