Dionne D. Hunter

Author Dionne D. Hunter hails from Birmingham, Alabama and has lived in North East Ohio, but proudly now calls Charlotte, North Carolina her home. At the tender age of seven, following the sudden passing of her mother, Ms. Hunter was raised by her twenty-eight-year-old widowed father. He not only ensured her safety and security but also instilled in her a sense of self-reliance and pride in her African American heritage. Encouraging her voracious reading habit, her father inspired her to explore various genres, from poetry to science fiction, horror, and many others. Captivated by the art of storytelling, she would spend hours crafting adventurous tales to capture the imaginations of her younger siblings.

A United States Navy Veteran, mother of two, and grandmother of four, Ms. Hunter has used the poetry as a means of conveying her emotions and ideals. Her works have been featured in anthologies by Writing Knights, The Poet’s Haven, and Crisis Chronicles Press, as well as in 'Of Earth and Sky,' a specially bound edition of poetry presented by The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Ms. Hunter has also been showcased in a web series titled "Equity in Art: Cleveland Poet Speaks to Social Injustice" and has also been featured in a television segment called "How Art Speaks in Unsettling Times – Carolina Impact PBS Charlotte WTVI." Her Spoken Word performances have been screened at prestigious events such as the 9th International Video Poetry Festival in Athens, Greece, the 2021 Raleigh Films and Art Festival in North Carolina, and she clinched the third position in the Best Spoken Word Performance category at the Monologues & Poetry International Film Festival in Vallejo, California.

Recently, Dionne received funding from the Arts and Science Council (ASC) to adapt her short story, 'I am a Dahomey Warrior!' into an audiobook, enhancing the accessibility of its empowering message. She was also awarded an additional grant from ASC to curate and organize cultural events that expand opportunities for all members of Charlotte's community, with a particular emphasis on underserved and underrepresented populations, to engage with and see themselves represented within all facets of the fine arts.

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