Poet and actress Nehassaiu deGannes earned her MFA at Brown University. Her first chapbook, Percussion, Salt & Honey (2001), won the Philbrick Poetry Award for New England poets. Her second chapbook, Undressing the River (2011), achieved similar success, winning the Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Competition. She has held a Poetry Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a Cave Canem Fellowship. She has also garnered significant critical acclaim for her work in the theater and is currently an assistant professor of music, theatre, and dance at Rhode Island College. DeGannes splits her time between Providence, Rhode Island, and Harlem, in New York City.
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