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Copyright © 2019 Danielle Colin Charlestin. All rights reserved. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Cooper Media


Originally from Bridgeport, CT, D. Colin is a poet, performer, visual artist and educator living in Troy, NY. She is the author of two poetry collections, Dreaming in Kreyol and Said the Swing to the Hoop. She is also a Cave Canem, VONA and New York State Writers Institute fellow. She currently curates and hosts, Poetic Vibe, a weekly poetry open mic at Troy Kitchen and teaches creative writing workshops for schools, organizations, conferences and her workshop series, The Write Situation.

D. Colin's visual art stems from an array of influences- a love for Frida Kahlo, Mickalene Thomas, the vibrant colors of Haitian art, and Hip Hop. Her work has been displayed at gallery shows, cafes and as a curated exhibit at Urban Art Gallery in collaboration with photographer and partner, Robert Cooper. She is currently working on an exhibition project to be completed in 2020 and runs a handmade, do-it-herself, arts business called Empress Bohemia.

D. Colin has been involved with community theater since 2009 writing and acting with Black Theater Troupe of Upstate NY, Sandglass Theater, and Creative Action Unlimited among others. Her own original play, Simone, debuted at Capital Rep Theater in 2019 and she has received the League of Women Voters Presidential Award for her reenactments of Sojourner Truth.

In her rare spare time, she likes to eat pistachio ice cream, visit used book stores and think of ways to change the world.

"The host of Troy Kitchen's Poetic Vibe is known to many in the Capital Region as "The Real Deal," the kind of poet that comes once every generation...her book, Dreaming in Kreyol is a must read."
-Alt Weekly

Poetry slam

Regional slams:

QEW Slam

2016: 3rd place 

2017: 1st place

WordxWord Women's Invitational

2018:1st place 

MacDeland Fall Festival Poetry Slam

2019: 3rd place

National Poetry Slam

 2012 & 2018


2016, 2017, 2018

Cap City Slam Team


States: NY, CT, MA, VT, RI, NJ, MD, PA, OH, MI  


International cities: 

Toronto, Glasgow & London


Nuyorican Poets Cafe​

Boston Museum of Fine Art

Bronx Museum

NYS Writers Institute

Busboys & Poets

Binghamton University

University of Bridgeport

SUNY Adirondack

University of Rhode Island


Including at:

The Putney School

Hudson High School

Troy High School

Miss Hall's School

North Country School

Emma Willard School

Albany Charter High School for Girls

Mont Pleasant Elementary

Root3d Healing

Children at the Well 

Boys & Girls Club

Hope 7 Community Center

WordxWord Festival

Voices of Community Poet in Residence, 2017


BA in English from Southern Connecticut State University, minor in Psychology, concentration in creative writing & African American literature

MA in Africana Studies at University at Albany, SUNY, concentration in African American literature