Our words have power; and for Denele words have always been captivating. She has always fostered a love for words and how they can describe a multitude of emotions. Somewhere along the way her passion for words collided with her life experiences and the result was a beautifully heart-wrenching, soul-stirring homage to life and all of its triumphs and lessons.
Denele’s love for words was innate, but falling in love with writing wasn’t intentional. She found herself entrenched in an abusive relationship and it was in the aftermath where she found clarity, freedom, release and healing through writing. She found solace somewhere between the pen and the page as she poured out her pain and anger in her writing. Though it wasn’t her intention, when she began writing, what flowed naturally from her pen was poetry; and to her delight, the more she wrote, the more she enjoyed expressing herself in written word.
When Denele began sharing her words with others they noticed a common thread in all her work: from pain come lessons and when applied, these lessons empower you to live a richer, more full life. This is the overarching theme for her first published collection of poetry, The Unspoken: A Better Life From Lessons Learned (2015). Denele aims to live authentically through freedom, gratitude, and love; and through her writing she encourages others to do the same. Her essence and message can be found in the lines of her own poetry:
“I'm living, I'm dreaming, I'm moving. I am in love with me and all of my possibilities.”
~It’s Up to Me
Denele has been featured in the digital publication For Harriet as well as having been a featured poet and panelist for many events in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Denele is a Pittsburgh, PA native and these days she can be found working, performing her poetry and raising a fiercely creative and big-hearted daughter.
Photographer: Kendra Ross