Daemond Arrindell is a workshop facilitator, counselor, community organizer, advocate and wants to be a poet when he grows up. Slam Master of Seattle and producer of the longest running weekly show in Seattle - the Seattle Poetry Slam; 8-time coach of the renowned Seattle National Poetry Slam Team; faculty member of Freehold Theatre and co-facilitating (for the 4th year) a poetry and theater residency at Monroe Correctional Complex for men; and is the Writer-In-Residence at Garfield High School and Washington Middle School through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program.
He has performed in numerous venues across the country including the Boston Poetry Slam, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC’s Louder Arts Project, both the Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums and in “Up (When I Grow)” - a collaboration of film, music and spoken word, addressing the themes of dreams and growing up that played to sold out crowds in both Seattle and Portland.
Daemond feels that it is the challenge of the artist to continue to push him/herself to grow within it. His love for the craft of poetry and the art of spoken word and their ability to alter the emotional state of a listener knows no bounds.
“His performances evidence a sharp intellect that, instead of contenting itself with lofty matters, is willing to explore the dynamic realities of the physical and emotional world right outside our doors (or inside, for that matter). And if you’ve been fortunate enough to see him perform, you know his delivery shows that Daemond is someone who really pays attention.”
– Ross McMeekin, Richard Hugo House