D. M. Spratley is a Cave Canem Fellow and a third-generation poet. Her writing has appeared in Poetry, 32 Poems, Shenandoah, and the Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight. She has received awards and honors from Princeton University, Sundress Publications, Rattle, and the North Carolina Arts Council.
Her micro-chapbook, Some Tricks I Was Born Knowing, was published in 2020 by Ghost City Press. It is available as a free download here.
Her poem "Each Morning an Animal" was awarded the 2020 Sundress Press Broadside Contest prize. D. M. has been nominated for Best of the Net and selected as a semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Prize.
D. M. studied comparative literature and creative writing at Princeton University, where she completed a creative thesis under the guidance of Tracy K. Smith. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Hollins University, where she completed a manuscript titled Boom, Boom, Boom.
D. M. provides people and organizations with racial equity consulting, conflict transformation, executive coaching, writing and creativity coaching, and skate fitness classes through Maypop Consulting and Quad Goals Skate Fitness.
D. M. has led racial and social justice change work as a racial equity consultant for over a decade. During that time, she has also served as the Chief Equity Learning Officer for the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Director of Programs and Strategy for Village of Wisdom, and as an AmeriCorps Program Director. She has supported organizations and communities across the country in strategic social change design, racial justice learning, and the application of a feminist, anti-racist, intersectional lens through concrete policy and practice.
D. M. is currently at work on a full-length poetry manuscript and a fiction project. Her poetry explores interconnection across time, space, and death; race and the environment; nature, disability, and divinity; and queer longing/desire. Her fiction project is concerned with inheritances--genetic, material, and psychological--and rooted in a tradition of Black and Indigenous nature and environmentalist writing.
Since 2009, D. M. has skated and coached with Bull City Roller Derby, Team North Carolina All-Stars, Carolina Roller Derby All-Stars, and Twin Valley Roller Derby.