Desree is a spoken word artist, writer and facilitator based in both London and Slough.
Currently Artist in Residence for poetry collective EMPOWORD, and an Ambassador for MQ; Mental Health Research Charity, Desree explores intersectionality, justice and social commentary, occasionally throwing in a f*ckboy poem.
Desree was shortlisted for both the performance and film category in 2020 and recipient of the 2019's Highly Commended Out-Spoken Performance Prize. Also the finalist in 2018’s Hammer & Tongue final and TEDx speaker, Desree has featured at events around the UK and internationally, including Glastonbury Festival 2019, Bowery Poetry Club New York, Royal Albert Hall and Sofar Sounds.
A producer for a series of live events called WORD UP! based in the borough of Brent, and Word of Mouth London, a video team who integrate live performances with online videos to collective stories of UK culture; Desree curates both live events and visual media, booking acts from around the world.
Also, a spoken word educator and facilitator, Desree uses her art to engage with young people and adults in schools, youth groups, offices and organisations – anywhere people have a story.
Desree was also commissioned by Half Moon Theatre and Apples & Snakes, to write and act in a spoken word play called CROWDED alongside poets, Laura Rae and Slam the Poet. Following a Nationwide tour, CROWDED received countless praise and went on to win an OFF-WEST END award.
In 2019, Desree paired with visual artist Siannon Saunders, to create her first zine Find Yourself A Place and in 2020, she released her first single “Home” alongside Brighton based artist and producer, Bessi. Following the sell-out of Desree's first self-published pamphlet I Find My Strength In Simple Things in 2017, Burning Eye Publishers will be publishing the pamphlet in May 2021, which you can preorder in April 2021.
"Desree is a much-needed voice in poetry. The tenderness of her writing combined with the strength of her performance makes you want to go back and read her poems over and over again." - Harry Baker