D. M. Spratley is 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 former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Hollins University.
Founder and CEO of Maypop Creativity Consulting and Quad Goals Skate Fitness, D. M. provides people and organizations with racial equity consulting, writing and creativity coaching, team-building retreats, writing and creativity workshops, and skate fitness classes.
Prior to launching Maypop and Quad Goals, D. M. led racial and social justice change work as a racial equity consultant, 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 integration of feminist, anti-racist, intersectional values with concrete policy and practice.
A '14-'16 William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations and a '19-'20 North Carolina Arts Council Fellow, D. M. believes in the power of creativity, communication, and play to unlock joy, build community, increase empathy, and spark change.
With over a decade of facilitation experience, D. M. brings a combination of adult learning pedagogy and experiential and emergent design skill to her work designing workshops, retreats, and individual coaching experiences for Maypop. D. M. leads Maypop's Writing for Startups retreat, to which she brings her narrative and facilitation expertise, along with over a decade of experience launching startup initiatives and organizations in the social innovation sector.
D. M. leads a free poetry workshop for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers, and volunteers as a poetry reader for The Rumpus. Since 2009, D. M. has skated and coached with Star City Roller Girls, Carolina Roller Derby, Bull City Roller Derby, and Team North Carolina.
D. M. is currently at work on a full-length poetry manuscript and a fiction project.