Desireé Dallagiacomo is a writer, performer, educator, and space creator. Her book of poetry, SINK (Button Poetry, 2019), is available here or wherever books are sold in real life and on the internet. She grew up in Northern California and now lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she teaches poetry and organizes creative space in public and private schools. She started teaching in public schools 10 years ago, and that’s how she learned how to write. She works independently and with Humanities Amped, an organization amplifying youth voice, human connection, and civic engagement in high-poverty public schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Desireé is one of two poetry educators on staff. In 2016, she founded The Heart of It, an intimate and intensive writing retreat in the high desert of New Mexico. It started as a small passion project and has become a vibrant network of writers from all over the United States. Applications open in late summer, and the retreat takes place in late Winter in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Des started performing in poetry slams and open mics in 2009, and she has been a finalist at every major poetry slam in the United States. She went on to coach youth and adult slam teams, and in 2017 she coached the Forward Arts youth poetry slam team to an international championship at the largest youth poetry slam festival in the world, Brave New Voices. She is the co-host of a Southern Poetry podcast, Drawl.
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