#TPQ5: DEONTE OSAYANDE

Danez Smith

Great use of vivid imagery.

Hanif Abduraqib He tells interesting stories in new and fantastic ways.

Airea “Dee” Matthews

Informs the black culture in indescribable ways.

Rachel Mckibbens

So many people try to imitate her writing style so I went directly to the source.

Will Evans

Amazing writer/poet and is a must add to anyone’s collection.


Deonte Osayande is a writer from Detroit, Mi. His nonfiction and poetry have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, and the Pushcart Prize. He has represented Detroit at four National Poetry Slam competitions. He’s currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College. His books include Class (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017), Circus (Brick Mantle Books, 2018) and Civilian (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2019). He also managed the Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam and Festival for 2014 and 2018.

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