About Delali Ayivor

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Delali Ayivor is a multi-genre creative writer from Accra, Ghana. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Delali first grew to know poetry in the backwoods of northwest Michigan as a creative writing major at Interlochen Arts Academy. Following an uncontrollable tendency to move to the whitest places in the United States, Delali then attended Reed College in Portland, OR, where she matriculated with a B.A. in cultural anthropology.

An avid performer, Delali is often referred to as a spoken word artist. Her work has appeared recently in publications such as the Miami Rail and Miami Herald. She is a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a recipient of the Blank Theater Company’s Young Playwright Competition Award. She is an Usher-Raymond-loving, plantain-addicted, unapologetic, fat, black, femme who has had her work presented at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts. In addition, she has been a panelist and performer at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Arts Policy Roundtable at the Sundance Institute and at Americans for the Arts’ 2014 Annual Convention and an associate artist-in-residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL.