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Bio

POETRY

Originally from Bridgeport, CT, D. Colin is a poet, actor, and visual artist living in Troy, NY.  As a multidisciplinary artist, she aims to inspire, empower and educate through poetry, paint and performance and is passionate about cultivating space for stories, healing and community. She is the author of Dreaming in Kreyol and Said the Swing to the Hoop. She is also a Cave Canem, VONA and New York State Writers Institute fellow with degrees in English and Africana Studies. Since 2016, D. Colin has been running Poetic Vibe, a weekly open mic voted best in the Capital Region in 2019. 

ART

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. She has facilitated poetry workshops to inspire and guide public art with Breathing Lights, Creative Crosswalks and Amplified Voices.  In 2018, she put on “Black Notes”, a collaborative exhibit with photographer, Robert Cooper. Currently, her portrait of abolitionist, Harriet Myers, is on display at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence also known as the Underground Railroad Education Center. Most recently, “Womanist,” a multimedia art exhibit, debuted January 2021 in collaboration with artist, Keion Hennessey. D has been creating art since childhood and considers herself, an emerging visual artist. She runs Empress Bohemia, her own art and handmade jewelry line.

THEATER

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.

GENERAL

D. Colin holds degrees in English and Africana Studies. She uses her education and experience as a writer and artist to mentor folks with interest in the arts. In 2019, she was honored as Resourceful Woman of the Year in the Arts by YWCA-GCR and one of The Collaborative's Creatives under 40. She's been featured on PBS and NPR as well as in shows nationally and abroad. 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