Celebrated for her dynamic presence on stage and on the page, Queens, NYC native Audrey Dimola is a poet, performer, curator, local arts advocate, community organizer, and lifelong artist. She is also Director of Public Programs at her beloved Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.
Audrey is particularly interested in CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY, and COLLABORATION; mythologizing life experience through the arts and LIVING YOUR LEGEND; artistic experimentation and improv between genres and disciplines; intersections of shamanism, ritual, and free expression; advocating for mental health awareness; holding safe and generative space; and returning to our truest and most wild selves.
A creator and crusader for culture in her hometown borough for over a decade, Audrey has been widely recognized for her work in its artistic/literary communities by presenting a unique circuit of events and creative opportunities, including: a popular series of fireside reading and live writing events exploring the “Nature of the Muse,” “MASHUPS!” which invited improvisational collaboration between a poet, painter, dancer, and musician; “THE WILD PAPERS” immersive site-specific theatrical experience created specifically for the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; the borough’s first ever Queens Literary Town Hall; the sold-out multidisciplinary show “HOW WE CREATE & HOW WE COPE: intersections of art and mental health/mental illness” at Queens Council on the Arts; and the original alchemical theatre work “PROVENANCE,” uniting poetry, music, movement and ritual in “the kind of performance that gets the crowd emotionally invested whether they want to be or not. Regardless of where you are when the performance begins, when it ends you are exhausted, grateful, stronger and better for having seen it” (B. Geraghty).
Audrey is the author of four poetry & prose collections, “Decisions We Make While We Dream” (2012), “TRAVERSALS” (2014), “WILDLIGHT” (2018), and “THE BOOK OF LEGEND” (2019), and is creator of the Compass Project, a guerrilla poetry sticker initiative that has traveled across the globe spreading positivity. She was also the featured poet in Gillette Venus’ highly impactful global #UseYourAnd campaign, which celebrated strong, multifaceted women and garnered over 21 million views during its run.
She has been featured on NY1 TV, Queens Public TV, International Women Artists’ Salon, and in many local publications/media, has curated shows for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the Historic House Trust, and Queens Museum, and performed at venues around NYC including Queens Library, The Cathedral of St. John The Divine, Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn Museum, Flushing Town Hall, Dixon Place, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, KGB Bar, Cornelia Street Café, and the NYC Poetry Festival. Her work has been published by Yes, Poetry, Newtown Literary, Rebelle Society, Dark Mountain Project’s Uncivilised Poetics, great weather for MEDIA, Flavorpill’s Flavorwire, Words Dance, and more, and her multimedia art installations have been exhibited at Long Island City Artists’ Plaxall Gallery, Brooklyn’s The Lit Exhibit, the LIC Arts Open Festival, and Miller Gallery at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.
In addition to planning and executing a diverse range of free public programs spanning music and dance to yoga and kayaking at Socrates, while collaborating with over 50 cultural and community partners including the Metropolitan Opera and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, Audrey speaks at conferences, festivals, and schools from elementary to college; holds and facilitates safe space for ceremony and the arts; and continues to actively perform and curate independently.
She believes wholeheartedly in the alchemical aphorism “ALL NATURE IS RENEWED BY FIRE,” and can usually be found: writing on everything, riding her bike, climbing trees, pushing the edges of reality…
LIVE YOUR LEGEND!