Dena Igusti

Queens, NY | | (347)-570-6944|


Harvard Book Store Staff Pick, 2020

Converse All Stars Team Artist, 2020
Spotify Sound Up, 2020

First Round Select of Issa Rae’s Teen Movie Contest by ColorCreative & Powderkeg, 2019
Summer Elings Grant Recipient, 2019
Digging Press Chapbook Semi-Finalist, 2018

Nostrovia Press Chapbook Finalist, 2018
Urban Word New York City Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, 2018
Urban Word New York City Federal Hall Fellowship, 2017

Residencies & Fellowships

Broadway For Racial Justice Casting Director Fellowship, 2021

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Governor’s Island Resident, 2021

Playwrights Horizon Script Share, 2020

Seventh Wave Editorial Residency, 2020

Obvi Design Creative Fellowship, 2020

Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellowship, 2020
Players Theatre Off-Broadway Self-Production Resident Playwright, 2019

Works on Water at Governor’s Island, 2018


Center at West Park, “CON DOUGH: Stories of 1-in-5 Gentrified,” New York, NY: February 26-28 2021

Prelude Festival, “CUT WOMAN,” New York, NY: October 20-30 2020

The Players Theatre, “SHARUM Off-Broadway,” New York, NY: July 11-27 2019


2020 “Cut Woman” Game Over Books

Selected Works

Adolescent Content, “After the Incision,” November 2020

Seventh Wave Mag, “bastard,” October 2020

Seventh Wave Mag, “nine months before I found out you died,” October 2020

Seventh Wave Mag, “sonnet as a survival guide for both versions of this city,” October 2020

Fourteen Poems, “in case my mother tries to pull you away from me,” February 2020

Peregrine Journal, “nadir nahdi lines himself with his indonesian grandma,” November 2019

Waccamaw Journal, “self portrait as asa akira’s face on google images when searching ‘asian women,’” April 2019

Nice Cage,my mother lets me use kemana-where- and kesana-there-interchangeably she appreciates that i’m trying,” November 2018

Glass Poetry Press,
“sunat: a recollection,” part of Poets Resist: 2018 Midterm Elections Special Feature, November 2018

BOAAT Press, “BOUNTY,” August 2018

Shanghai Literary Review, “after the incision,” June 2018.

Quail Bell Magazine, “On Wading for You,” January 2017

Womanly Mag, “She/They: On Being a Non-Binary Survivor of FGM,” July 2020

Mookychick, “Tag: A Reclamation Story for Survivors,” July 2018


AmLit Panel, American University, Washington, DC: January 27, 2021

First Draft Feature, Urban Word, New York, NY: December 8, 2020

Segal Talk, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, New York, NY: October 30, 2020

Voices of Today Festival Feature, Voices of Today, Toronto, Canada: August 13, 2020

Port Veritas Feature, Port Veritas, Portland, Oregon: July 21, 2020

Whispers de la Tierra, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY: May 15, 2020

Poems for the People Poetrython, Boston Poetry Slam, Boston, MA: May 9, 2020

Do You Hear Us Now?, Lincoln Center, New York, NY: December 19, 2019

Permissions of Truth, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY: March 15, 2019

Apollo Uptown Hall with SiriusXM, Apollo Theater, New York, NY: November 1, 2018

Verses: Poetry Night at PostCrypt Coffeehouse, Columbia University, New York, NY: October 20, 2018

Short Line Review Reading, NYC Poetry Festival, Governor’s Island, NY: July 28, 2018 

Poets & Writers Intergenerational Reading, Barnes & Noble Union Square, New York, NY: June 23, 2018

Teen Vogue Summit, sponsored by Teen Vogue, The New School, New York, NY: June 2, 2018

Born After Brown: Imagining the Future of Equity in Education, New York University, New York, NY:

May 20, 2018

Youth Poet Laureate Commencement, sponsored by Urban Word, Schomburg Center New York, NY November 11, 2017

Teaching Experience
The Rolling Library, Workshop Instructor, Online, March 2021

In Full Color, Workshop Instructor, Heirlooms: On Writing About Inheritance, Online, June 2020

Agnes Scott College, Workshop Instructor, Heirlooms: On Writing About Inheritance, Decatur, Georgia, October 2019

Rutgers University Newark, Workshop Instructor, Heirlooms: On Writing About Inheritance, Newark, New Jersey, May 2019

Made in NY Post Production Program- Training Certificate, 2020

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ – Marketing 2015-2017

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