BIO

David A. Romero is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero has appeared at over 75 colleges and universities in over 30 different states in the USA. Romero is the second poet to be featured on All Def Digital. Romero has opened for Latin Grammy winning bands Ozomatli and La Santa Cecilia. Romero's work has been published alongside poet laureates Luis J. Rodriguez, Jack Hirschman, Alejandro Murguia, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Romero has won the Uptown Slam at the historic Green Mill in Chicago; the birthplace of slam poetry. Romero has appeared in-studio numerous times on multiple programs on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles. Romero is a regular guest poet for the Ontario-Montclair School District; with performances and workshops for school assemblies and classroom visits. Romero's poetry deals with family, identity, social justice issues, and Latinx culture.

 

Romero offers a scholarship for high school seniors interested in spoken word and social justice: “The Romero Scholarship for Excellence in Spoken Word.” More here: https://www.davidaromero.com/scholarship

 

David A. Romero has received honorariums from: Arizona State University, The University of Utah, University of Missouri, Washington State University, The University of Memphis, Loyola University Chicago, University of Central Florida, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Hamilton College, Drexel University, USC, UCLA, and more!

 

Romero is a graduate of the University of Southern California, a double major in Film and Philosophy. Romero is the former host of Between the Bars Open Mic at the dba256 Gallery Wine Bar in Pomona, CA. Visit his website, http://www.davidaromero.com/ for more.

 

LONG BIO

David A. Romero (born November 20, 1984) is a Mexican-American spoken word artist, poet, and activist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and is the second spoken word artist to be featured on All Def Digital.

The son of working class Mexican-American parents from the east side of Los Angeles, David A. Romero was born in Fontana, CA and was raised in the middle class suburb of Diamond Bar, CA. The youngest of four siblings, Romero attended Diamond Bar High School and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2007 with a double major in Cinema-Television and Philosophy.

At USC, Romero's interest in cultural issues and activism developed as the leader of the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE), a branch of the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). After graduating, Romero's interest in activism continued through his time with CALPIRG and is reflected in the content of his spoken word poetry. 

Romero is the cousin of artist Sonia Romero and nephew of artist Frank Romero of Chicano artist collective Los Four.

Romero has been published in Heartfire: Revolutionary Poets Brigade Anthology (Volume 2), 2013 Kallatumba Press, a book including the work of San Francisco poet laureates: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, and Alejandro Murguia. Romero has also been published in Revolutionary Poets Brigade: Los Angeles, 2014 Vagabond Press a book including poetry by Michael C. Ford, Matt Sedillo, and Luis J. Rodriguez.

 

Romero has self-published three volumes of poetry, Diamond Bars: The Street Version, Fuzhou, and Ellendale Night. Romero has edited and self-published books of poetry for Peer Connections at the LGBT Center and the Well at UC Riverside, National Poetry Month at the Ontario Public Library, the Say What? Teen Poetry program of the Los Angeles Public Library, and students at the Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center in San Bernardino, CA.

 

Romero's poems have been published on websites: CounterPunch, Latino Rebels, Pocho.com, La Bloga, Label Me Latina/o, in newspapers: People's Tribune and Brooklyn & Boyle and have been featured on radio programs on KPFK: Beautiful Struggle and The Pocho Hour of Power.

Romero has opened for musical acts: Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, Las Cafeteras, Chicano Batman, and Thee Commons, poets: Beau Sia, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Francisco X. Alarcon; and activists: Dolores Huerta, Nelson Peery, and Cheri Honkala.

Romero was the host of open mic venue Between the Bars Open Mic in Pomona, CA.

Romero has received honorariums from: Arizona State University, The University of Utah, University of Missouri, Washington State University, The University of Memphis, Loyola University Chicago, University of Central Florida, University of New Hampshire, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Eastern Oregon University, Queens University of Charlotte, Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, USC Upstate in Spartanburg, SC, Champlain College in Burlington, VT, McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC, Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, VA, University of Illinois Springfield, Rush University in Chicago, IL, St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in Carbondale, IL, Washington State University – Vancouver in Vancouver, WA, Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA, USC, UCLA, UC San Diego, Loyola Marymount University, Sonoma State University, Santa Clara University, Chapman University, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona, and more.

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