Deanna is an international writer, performer and facilitator.
She won the UK Poetry Slam aged 18 and quickly established her self as a leading force for contemporary poetry, securing titles such as ELLE UK’s ’30 inspirational women under 30′, The Female Lead’s ‘20 in their 20’s and Cosmopolitan’s No.1 Trailblazing Woman, as well as winning a Rising Star award from the Hospital Club. She has toured Canada, Germany, Scotland, South Africa, and Sweden amongst others and is currently the third recipient of the Kevin Elyot Award at University of Bristol’s Theatre Collection.
Her collection of performance poems ‘I Did It Too’ is out now and has been well received by people of all walks of life
Deanna teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University and tutors at School of Communication Arts (‘The most successful ad school in the world’).
Commissions include: If #changethegame (BBC Sports), Dina Asher Smith (BBC Sports), Jamel Shabazz x Lee Jeans, Female Focus (Chelsea Football Club), Under The Skin (St Paul’s Cathedral) and Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and theatre commissions include Now We Are Here (Young Vic dir. Ian Rickson), and Sing Before You Speak Again (Young Vic) . Deanna is on the board of Safe Ground and lives in Bristol with her partner and baby.
Actor and a voice over artist (Boiler Rooms, BBC Sports)
Member of prominent poetry collectives; Keats House Poetry Forum and Point Blank Poets (Biennale UK Artist International award 2011)
Previous international trips include: Anglo Arts, San Miguel poetry Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, International Festival Of Authors Toronto, facilitator and judge for the Beirut poetry slam, South Africa (several), Zimbabwe and Sudan (British Council).