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Damnyo da "Genius Chyld"'

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To understand the multiple levels of Damnyo da "Genius Chyld"'s poetry, one needn't look any further than her name. What at first blush appears both conceited and colloquial is, in fact, a reference to powerful feudal Japanese rulers ('daimyo') and a nod to famous poet Oscar Wilde who said "I have nothing to declare except my genius". Like her moniker, Damnyo as well as her poetry is historical, multi-faceted and cultural. Damnyo is an LA native who discovered the empowering effect of words during her teenage years and diligently worked to develop herself as an artist. While many of her peers enjoyed their first years in nightclubs, Damnyo spent her nights at local poetry venues, quickly becoming a well known part of the Los Angeles poetry scene. As the youngest member of the poetry scene, she was mentored by such noteworthy poets as Taalam Acey and since 2005 she has been a Serafemme artist, student, and advocate of poetry and her community. She has hosted several Los Angeles open mic venues and has produced numerous shows including Elements. She was also the slammaster/coach for the LA Slam Team in 2006 and wrote a book of poetry entitled "Trap'd". "Damnyo delivers her writings with a rhythm that's mixed with irony, humor and a trace of anger." -c.b. flynn, moorpark college, student voice Damnyo has performed at USC, UCLA, Serafemme, Outfest, Sistahfest, Fusion, San Luis Osibpo, CSU-Los Angeles, San Diego State, The Malcolm X Festival, African Marketplace, Berkeley Slam, KPFK, Homo Hop, LA Pride, and Long Beach Pride.