Dajenya is a multi-ethnic, bisexual, pacifist, activist, mother, vegetarian, social worker, poet/writer, and psychotherapist. Born in 1953, she has been active since her youth in various movements including the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, and the movement for LGBTIQ rights. She is currently the Secretary of Richmond Rainbow Pride.
Originally from New York City, Dajenya has lived in Northern California since 1973, and currently lives in the San Francisco East Bay. At age 50 in 2004, she finally met the love of her life, Lois, who is now her life partner.
Dajenya has been writing poetry since she was 12 years old.
One poet whose poetry Dajenya most admired and was most influenced by is Pat Parker (1944 -1989).
Dajenya’s poetry has been published in the following publications:
Women’s Peace Journal
Anything That Moves
Rites of Passage
Women’s Recovery Network
and various newsletters as well as the following five anthologies:
“Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out”
c 1991 Alyson Publications, Inc.
“Sister/Stranger: Lesbians Loving Across the Lines”
c 1993 Sidewalk Revolution Press
“Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries & Visions”
c 1995 The Haworth Press
“What I Want From You: Voices of EastBay Lesbian Poets.”
c 2006 RAW ArT Press
“Smash the Church, Smash the State! : The Early Years of Gay Liberation”
c 2009 City Lights Books
Dajenya welcomes requests for publication of unpublished poetry or essays &/or to do readings or broadcasts in or around the San Francisco Bay Area.
She hopes to find a publisher for one or more hard copy volumes of her poetry and/or essays. She is also seeking publication of a children's book.
If you are interested in possibly publishing any of Dajenya's work, please click on "Contact" on the menu bar on the left of this page for her email address.