Dena Igusti is a queer non binary Indonesian Muslim poet, playwright, filmmaker, producer, and FGC survivor & activist born and raised in Queens, New York. They are the author of CUT WOMAN (Game Over Books, 2020) and I NEED THIS TO NOT SWALLOW ME ALIVE (Gingerbug Press, 2021). They are the Managing Director of Exiled Tongues and founder of Dearest Mearest.
Their work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. Their work has been produced and performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, Players Theatre (SHARUM, 2019), Center At West Park (CON DOUGH, 2021)Prelude Festival (Cut Woman, 2020), The Tank (First Sight 2021 at LimeFest), and several other venues internationally. They are a Culture Push Associated Artist. They are currently a 2021 Playwright-in-Residence for Rogue Theater Festival.
They are a 2022 Sundress Arts Resident, 2022 Best of the Net Nominee, 2021 Baldwin For The Arts Resident, 2021 Hook Arts Media Digital Connections Fellow, 2021 City Artist Corps, 2021 Stories Award Finalist, 2021 LMCC Governor’s Island Resident, 2021 Broadway For Racial Justice Inaugural Casting Directive Fellow, 2020 Seventh Wave Editorial Resident, 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow, 2020 Spotify Sound Up cohort member, 2019 Player’s Theatre Resident Playwright, and 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. They are a Converse All Stars Artist and UN #TOGETHERBAND Global Ambassador.
Dena Igusti is the author of Cut Woman (Game Over Books, 2020). Dena Igusti’s poetry and essays have been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, Shanghai Literary Review, Teen Vogue, Womanly Mag, Flypaper, & more.
Dena Igusti’s plays, films, and poetry have been produced and performed at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum, Write About Now, Prelude Festival, Teen Vogue Summit, The Tank, Center At West Park, & more.
“Dena Igusti is a poet of undying urgency…“
George Abraham, author of Birthright (Button Poetry)
“Dena Igusti weaves alienation, grief, desire, and defiance into an indelible tapestry of survival and celebration. They show us that mortality is not a deadline but a continuum. We will die, but we will also cry, and shout, and love, and dance, and live on. Sunset is just the beginning, and Igusti will guide us into the next morning“
Teta Alim, founder of Buah Zine