If you’ve ever seen Philadelphia’s UnLitter Us campaign, with local spoken word artists beautifully and powerfully making the case for keeping Philadelphia litter-free, you’ve likely seen Denice Frohman. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ve lost track of Denice and the other poets from these PSAs, unless poetry and spoken word are your “thing.” I did, however, know that Denice Frohman is program director for Philly Youth Poetry Movement, and have heard about the great work they do with Philadelphia’s youth, many of whom have often had little voice. And, between her UnLitter piece and her commitment to Philly Youth Poetry, it was clear that she’s a force to be reckoned with, a voice that needs to heard.
She showed that, and powerfully, in Minneapolis as the winner of Women of the World Poetry Slam.. In “Dear Straight People” she addresses LGBT issues and homophobia — including, and especially, the damage it’s done to kids in our country — with rhythm, chutzpah, intelligence and humor. Check. It. Out.
Truth to power. Yo.