Desdamona is a spoken word warrior who has distinguished herself with her potent poetry and Hip-Hop delivery. She first took the stage in 1997, and has since rocked some of the most prestigious mics for poetry in the country including the legendary Green Mill in Chicago, the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, and the National Poetry slam Competition. Desdamona also won Honolulu's Slam 2004 Slam Championship. She's been a member of the 2000 SlamMN! Poetry Slam Team, the spoken word and music collective The Poet Tree, and in 2002 was one of four female poets who performed throughout California on the Bustin' Out Tour. In 2003 Desdamona made her national television debut on the Jenny Jones show performing for an audience of young women, and this episode of Jenny has been aired several times in the past 2 years. Desdamona received the Minnesota Music Award for Best Spoken Word Artist in 2000, 2003 and 2004.
As an activist, mentor, provocateur and teacher, Desdamona comes from a long line of wordsmiths including an award-winning Grandmother, and a story-telling father. She now looks to share, discover and cultivate that love of poetry in young artists though her workshops in schools, at Stillwater prison's In the Belly poetry program, as well as her fifth year of producing The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Evolution, a quarterly series at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis. A sparkling facet in the spoken word scene, Desdamona curates and hosts poetry events and is featured in The City Aloud, a documentary on the Minneapolis poetry scene. Desdamona is currently developing her third solo CD.
Featuring production from Sly & Robbie, Rich Crawford, France, and Darren Lockings; The Ledge is Desdamona's national debut, the follow-up to her live CD called “Desdamona: Alive at First Avenue” and an EP entitled “Resilience” which were both extremely well received among her local fan base and audiences across the country. She's opened for Culture, Black Uhuru, The Meditations, Wyclef Jean, and punk rock's legendary Lydia Lunch. Desdamona has collaborated with such artists as Brother Ali, DJ King IXL, Musab, Bad Fathers. DJ Vadim, Blueprint, Illogic, and countless others.