Writer | DéLana R.A. Dameron’s second collection of poems Weary Kingdom is forthcoming from University of South Carolina Press in 2017, as part of the Palmetto Poetry Series. Dameron’s debut collection How God Ends Us (University of South Carolina Press 2009) was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. She has conducted readings, workshops and lectures all across the United States, Central America and Europe.DéLana holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University where she was a Goldwater Hospital Writer’s workshop fellow. An equal lover of English, creative writing and history, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Currently, she serves as the Director of Strategic Development at Weeksville Heritage Center—a cultural center and historic site preserving the history of the first free black community in Brooklyn. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, she currently resides in Brooklyn.

Culture-Maker | DéLana R.A. Dameron (John) brings experience in non-profit fundraising and program development in the areas of arts & culture and education. She is the Director of Strategic Development at Weeksville Heritage Center. Recently, she served as the Associate Director of Development and Director of Alumni Programs at The TEAK Fellowship, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York University’s Alumni Association, and Kundiman, an organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian-American Letters.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, DéLana currently resides in Brooklyn.