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About D. Colin

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D Colin is a multidisciplinary artist of Haitian descent. Her creative practice focuses on poetry, visual art and theater. Although she grew up in Connecticut, she has called New York's capital region home since 2007. With an educational background in English and Africana Studies, her work, no matter the medium, discusses the human condition, aims to create visibility and uses history and activism as its foundation. She is the 2022 Excellence in Arts & Letters Award recipient for UAlbany's Alumni Association.


She has performed for The Moth, PBS, Write About Now, NPR and has toured both nationally and abroad. As a competing poet, she is currently ranked 12th from the Womxn of the World Poetry Slam 2023. Her poetry has appeared in Trolley, Ink & Nebula, Jaded Ibis Press and Porter Gulch Review. 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. 

Her art has been shown at Albany Center Gallery, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Albany International Airport and the Underground Railroad Education Center among others. Working mostly in acrylic on canvas, D. Colin has worked collaboratively and independently as a muralist as well as curator for art exhibits and spaces. Art exhibits include "Black Notes" with Robert Cooper and "Womanist" with Keion Hennessey. 


Her theater work includes performing in productions with Black Theater Troupe of Upstate NY and Creative Action Unlimited. Her one woman show Simone appeared at Capital Rep Theater in 2019 and she has spent years performing historical reenactments most often as Sojourner Truth. 


Named Resourceful Woman in the Arts in 2019, she believes in Nina Simone's words that "an artist's duty is to reflect the times" and often says, "if the art didn't move you, then I didn't do my job."

Poet. Visual Artist. Educator.

Performer. Author. Host. Writing Coach. Moderator.
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D. Colin is a Haitian American multidisciplinary artist with an educational background in English & Africana Studies. She is a self-published author, a dynamic performer, a self-taught painter & maker of pretty things that make bold statements. Her mantra is Be inspired. Then inspire. 

Quotes from Folks

"Her heart and mind are endless, bottomless and relentless in the most breathtaking way. She has a way of making the world stop turning, while helping it to keep turning in a more loving direction. So powerful!"

Katharine Corp

"An incredible creative writer and poet! A pillar of the Capital District artist community!"

Mojavi / Urban Guerilla Theater

"I recently heard Danielle perform spoken word at an event. Simply put--powerful."

Carmen Rau / RE/MAX Capital

Not enough space to recommend D. I have worked with D on multiple occasions and her storytelling/poetry reading skills are unmatched in this region. Powerful, rich and deeply warm, her stories do not soft pedal and are driven by a beautiful essential hope.

Richard Lovrich

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