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 was a Co-founder of Richmond Rainbow Pride and its first Board Secretary from 2015-2018.


Originally from New York City, Dajenya has lived in Northern California since 1973, and currently lives in the San Francisco East  Bay with her beloved life partner, Lois Heaney. 

Dajenya has been writing poetry on many topics since the age of 12.  

Dajenya’s poetry has been published in the following publications:

Women’s Peace Journal

Anything That Moves

Sinister Wisdom

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 is currently working on completing a manuscript of her
best poetry and hopes to have it published soon.  She welcomes
 requests for publication of unpublished poetry or
essays &/or to do readings or broadcasts in or around the San
Francisco Bay Area.

Please address any inquiries to dajenyapoet@gmail.com


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