DuEwa Frazier is an American poet, author, publisher, and educator.
Her poems, freelance essays, and editorials have featured in Essence Magazine, Kweli Journal, Reverie Journal, PW Review, Poetry Ink Anthology, X Magazine, Brownstone Poets Anthology, Poetry In Performance #37, Black Arts Quarterly (Stanford University), AALBC, Lyrical Times, Allhiphop.com, DaveyD.com, Mosaic, No More Silent Cries, and others. She resides in New York.
Frazier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Hampton University, and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum & Teaching (Literacy) from Fordham University in 2006. Frazier earned an M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) degree in Creative Writing at The New School in New York City.
While in graduate school at Fordham, Frazier taught writing as a Writer-In-Residence for Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
In April 2002, Frazier founded Lit Noire Publishing, a creative arts and publishing organization. She is the author of two books of poetry and a children's book. In addition, Frazier is the editor and publisher of the award-nominated anthology, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees (Lit Noire Publishing, 2006). Check the Rhyme Anthology was nominated for both the 2007 NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry and the 2007 AALAS Book Awards in New York. In March 2010, Check the Rhyme received an Honorable Mention for the 17th Annual Writer's Digest International Self Publishing Awards.
Frazier's recent credits include an appearance on WE Television's Cinematherapy, hosted by comedian Chuck Nice, and several independent films.
Frazier wrote and performed the one-woman poetic show Flash Femininity, which featured commentary on women and AIDS, hip hop, and self-esteem. She performed Flash Femininity in 2003 at Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and at The Nuyorican Poet’s Café. Frazier was later featured in the poetry arts documentary “Rhyme and Reason” featuring notable slam poets, Taylor Mali, Mayda Del Valle and artist, HBO Def Poetry Jam producer, Danny Simmons. Frazier was featured in the play “Ice Floes” and received an Audience Favorite award for Favorite Actress in the Looking Glass Winter Forum. Frazier was a member of the Harlem based-playwrights and actors group, River View Players. Frazier has performed her spoken word poetry with hip hop, jazz and funk bands at The Shrine NYC, Solomon's Porch, The Nuyorican, Five Spot and other venues.
As an educator, Frazier has taught adult basic education, English, and theater arts. Frazier designed poetry and writing curriculum to introduce Check the Rhyme Anthology to elementary and secondary school students. She has taught both middle school and high school students for New York City Public Schools and non-profit organizations.
Frazier has been a featured speaker, author and poet at many venues including: NCTE CCCC Convention, Temple University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Westhill High School (CT), the Harlem Book Fair, University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writer’s House, the Literary Freedom Project, CUNY Poetry Festival, Indianapolis Book Festival and many others. Frazier has been profiled or interviewed in The St. Louis American Newspaper, The St. Louis Argus Newspaper, Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly, Booking Matters Magazine, About a Book Mondays, Femmixx.com and others.
- Shedding Light From My Journeys (2002)
- Stardust Tracks on a Road (2005)
- Ten Marbles and a Bag to Put Them In: Poems for Children (May 2010)