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BIO

Rebecca Dupas, most recently named “Poet of the Year” in Baltimore’s 6thAnnual Crown Awards and “Best Haiku” in the 6th Annual National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards, is a Louisiana native who found her voice when early journal writings evolved into poetry. Rebecca performed her work before an audience for the first time as a senior in high school, and attended her first open-mic as a freshmen at Towson University with no idea that she would go on to co-host, Warm Wednesdays, the longest running weekly open-mic venue in Baltimore for three years, released three poetry CDS, appeared on Centric’s Lyric Café, served as the host of Onemic.tv Online, founded A Dose of Dupas production company, and released her first poetry book The Exchange in May 2012. She now hosts four poetry venues: VERBATIMondays, Coffee & Critiques, & Talk to Me Tuesdays in Baltimore, Maryland and Busboys & Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland. Nothing about Rebecca’s poetry speaks to her quiet, reserved nature. Perhaps, it is something about her passion, something about the stage, something about the microphone that illuminates her boldness, something that grabs your attention, something that moves you.

“A passion to be a poet doesn’t mean that you are a poet. You have to practice whatever it is that you want to do. So, you need to write with a desire to get better. If I think about some of the teachings from people that I’ve deemed mentors on the scene, not only do you have to write, you have to read the work of others. You have to push the envelope…”

“My apologies ladies and gentlemen/but I won’t be fitting into anyone’s box/ Some folks won’t take my poetry seriously/simply because my hair isn’t locked.” These words open “The Introduction”, Rebecca’s first LP released in 2003, a CD that truly embodies the passion of this artist. Topics range from sisterhood, single parenthood, unity, faith, and a topic that she is said to handle quite well: relationships. Her second album, entitled “Long Enough”, was released in 2008. This 2nd album signifies Rebecca’s growth. She writes, “Ain’t no body gonna make me feel ugly…the world had better nickname me strength/because I am unable to walk with my head bowed down/Instead/I am forced to believe that the very ground that I walk on had been blessed/Less we forget that/I am Black, I am woman/I am beauty.” This title track to the CD dispels the myths that Rebecca and many of her listeners have held “long enough” and serves as the perfect anchor poem to all 19 tracks on the album. In 2010, Rebecca released her third CD entitled, “Therapy Sessions: A Year of Epiphanies”. Two years in the making, “Therapy Sessions” is rightfully titled. Each track is a testimony to growth, a mantra for healing. Whether on disk or on the stage poet Rebecca Dupas in a conversational yet didactic tone often sides with vulnerability, making the experience memorable and passion-filled.

For more information or to book Rebecca Dupas as a host or feature for your event. Please contact Rebecca Dupas at poetrebeccadupas@gmail.com.