Who I Am

adimola

My work catches flame at the intersections of multidisciplinary art, ceremony and ritual, community and connection, improvisation and radical vulnerability.

I am a Queens, NYC born-and-raised descendent of Southern Italian immigrants {Polignano a Mare!}. I am an alchemical poet, artist and performer, event curator, and sacred space-holder; author of 4 poetry and prose collections including the most recent WILDLIGHT and THE BOOK OF LEGEND; Director of Public Programs at Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park; creator of original event experiences such as Nature of the Muse, Church of the Sacred Body, and How We Create & How We Cope: Intersections of Art & Mental Illness; and of course, Practitioner of Living Legend.

I have been creating art– writing, drawing, book-making, singing, dancing, imagining my own worlds– for as long as I can remember, expressly to make sense of my vivid mental and emotional landscapes, quite literally to survive my everyday traversal of them {map-making comes in handy}, and to bridge deeper connections to my fellow spirits and humanimals.

I started my professional career as an arts journalist and editor and grew to (re)discover my passionate sensitivity for community organizing, holding and facilitating space, and of course returning to my lifelong love of multi/cross-disciplinary performance.

My work is based at the core in communion via the written and spoken word and its theatrical vocalities– charged with immersive imagery, myth and spiritual dynamism; thunderously edgy, honest and rooted in reverence to the natural world.

My practice also extends always into the public sphere– to ephemeral poetry graffiti, whimsical and ritualistic art installations, and lovingly curated gatherings of creative souls, from intimate to massive, dedicated to the expression, experimentation, evolution, and enjoyment of all– both in my longtime independent practice in venues across Queens and NYC, and since late 2016 at Socrates {where I grew up playing and exploring, two blocks from my childhood home}.

I feel strongly that I am a servant of the people– a mentor; host; public speaker at conferences, festivals, and schools from elementary to college; organizer and connector; staunch advocate for the youth, arts and culture, mental health, healing by sharing, and anyone who dares to go their Own Way.

Art is my lifeblood and lifeline, and an absolute necessity for the survival turned thrival of these challenging and transformative times we all are called to navigate– both bravely and vulnerably, both inwardly and outwardly.

As of 2018 I have formally been LIVING MY LEGEND, and as of Spring 2020 have been called to bring this mode of receiving and experiencing out into the public, In Practice

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WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY:

“A brave streak of lightning continuing to illuminate the hearts of everyone who knows her […] Thank you for your thunderous existence!” -r.green

“Queens’ very own supreme creative force…” -s.vazquez

“Relentless in her powerful vulnerability and radical approach to performance…” -s.t.licardi

“A proponent of passion and the positive power of the present moment.” -n.ruhling

“Soul-stirring, victoriously vulnerable, emotionally charged, fire-breathing…” -b.geraghty

“Inspiration incarnate.” -j.horstmeier

“A poet with a righteous warrior’s soul.” -j.belitsky

“Vulnerable, daring, generous, entertaining…” -m.poels

“You’re the human form of fire.” -o.koralashvili

“Poetic force of nature…” -m.geffner

“One of Queens’ art and literary gems…” – the sisSTAR loop

“Busting down walls with words, flint for heart fire…” -m.pasca

“Bewitching, ethereal, badass & real…” -poets settlement

“A wildfire in a world of fluorescent bulbs.” -d.benigno

“An authentic and adventurous gatherer of souls and stories…” -s.toledano

“One of the few original wild spirits…” -s.ahmed

“A walking, talking, fully embodied supernova.” -s.t.licardi

“An absolute force..” – d.gorman

“A delightful storm of light and power!” -e.toney

“The personification of creativity, talent, and light…” -s.hussain

“The quintessential cultural place-setter…” -g.mangusso

“A force of nature, approaching everything with expertise, openness, honesty and joy.” -k.kitchen

“A testament to the human spirit…” -j.anastasio

“Full of joie de vivre and life force!” -t.fink

“After meeting her you get the feeling that at any moment she might sprout wings and fly off into the sunrise…” -t.bell

“The ‘REBEL POET of QUEENS’ who created a Queens literary community with the alchemy of a poetic wild heart!” -j.willette

“YOU ARE CHARISMA. FEARLESS.” -m.pasternack

“Audrey Dimola stands as a beacon for the literary and artistic community in Queens. She’s been hugely successful in uniting the community in her native borough and once you’ve met her, it is easy to see why. Her dynamic energy and passion for life shine through…” -idlewild magazine

“You’re a warrior of light and a beacon of strength for what words can do. Truly you are a force. One candle can fill a dark room. But a star…” -b.perdomo

“Incredibly moving, validating, healing, cathartic, in your words, alchemical… legend. […] For those of us who cannot find either voice, expression, eloquence, strength, capacity, courage, physicality, or who have not yet come to the place in our journey where we can even begin to articulate our experience… I humbly thank you. Your willingness to be vulnerable, to trust the Universe and the rest of us with your story, your soul, heals not just you, but all of us.” -l.monet bevino

“You have poetry in you, and it’s BURNING up inside like a VOLCANO! LET IT OUT…!” – one of my heroes, m.disuvero

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***Want to talk, collab, make magic, ask a question?
BE IN TOUCH: audrey.dimola@gmail.com / IG: audreydimola

In wildness is the preservation of the world. -H.D. Thoreau

If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive, do you think ghosts will do it after? -Kabir

But the heart refuses to be imprisoned; in its first and narrowest pulses, it already tends outward with a vast force, and to immense and innumerable expansions. -R.W. Emerson

Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral. But you, children of space, you restless in rest, you shall not be trapped nor tamed. -Kahlil Gibran

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LIVE YOUR LEGEND!