Margaret O. Cekada Memorial Lecture
Denice Frohman, Award-winning poet and performer
Poetry of Resistance
For The Margaret O. Cekada Memorial Lecture 2024, the Department of Landscape Architecture partners with the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice and the Douglass Residential College to bring the renown poet Denice Frohman to the Cook/Douglass Campus. Denice Frohman will perform “Poetry of Resistance.” Her poetry explores language, lineage, queerness, and the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico. In her first multimedia installation called “Our Terms Have Changed,” Frohman explored food and land sovereignty in Puerto Rico as part of a new exhibition called Climate Futurism, which premiered Fall 2023 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY. The work was inspired by her own maternal family’s history as coffee farmers in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico on land that was eventually sold and turned into a luxury Airbnb rental.
Denice Frohman is a poet and performer from New York City.
A Pew Fellow and Baldwin-Emerson Fellow, she’s received support from CantoMundo, Headlands Center for the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The BreakBeat Poets: LatiNext, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. A former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, she’s featured on hundreds of stages from The Apollo to The White House. Recently, she debuted her one-woman show, Esto No Tiene Nombre, centering the oral histories of Latina lesbian elders. She lives in Philadelphia.