A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, Staceyann Chin is a spoken word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights activist. Chin was the winner of the 1999 Chicago People of Color Slam; first runner- up in the 1999 Outright Poetry Slam; winner of the 1998 Lambda Poetry Slam; a finalist in the 1999 Nuyorican Grand Slam; winner of the 1998 and 2000 Slam This!; and winner of WORD: The First Slam for Television. She has also been featured by cable access programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as many local radio stations. In 1999, Staceyann took the American Amazon Slam title in Aarhus, Denmark. In addition to performing in and co-writing the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin has appeared in Off-Broadway one-woman shows and at the Nuyororican Poets Cafe. Her memoir was published only a month ago, but already it has garnered a lot of attention. Her collection of poetry and personal essays, Crossfire, will be released this summer.
Themes: Love, Sexuality, Jamaica, New York, God, Justice, Humor, Family, Race, Politics
- Wildcat Woman
- Stories Surrounding My Coming (chapbook available on her website)
- Catalogue the Insanity (chapbook available on her website)
- The Other Side of Paradise