Denise Dee became a photographer on a trip to Ireland in the early
90's. Ms. Dee was convinced the spirits of Ireland guided her as to when to snap
the lens but photographer friends convinced her otherwise. She dabbled in photography
until 2007 and started to shoot a lot more upon receiving a camera for Christmas.
Her work has appeared in shows in California, Illinois, Arizona, Wisconsin and
Colorado. Denise led photography workshops for homeless residents of the Tenderloin
in San Francisco. Punk rock played an important part in her creative development
and it's "Why not?" spirit remains as a mantra along with "Don't
look away". Her photos have been published in F-Stop Magazine, Ink, and Tattoo
Denise Dee is also a playwright, poet, and prose writer. She
was in punk bands in the 70's and edited the seminal punklitzines Lobster Tendencies
and The Closest Penguins. Her band Hans Brinker and the Dykes appear in Debt Begins
at Twenty a film by Stephanie Beroes. Her play The Family Tree was awarded "Best
New Drama" and "Best of the Fringe" at the S.F. Fringe Festival.
Her book Sowkins sold out of it's first printing. Denise wrote the lyrics for
the title track of The Bad Cassettes forthcoming CD Cellophane Country. Some of
her favorite places she's been published are Thieves Jargon, Monday Night Magazine,
All Things Girl, The City, Zyzzva, and The Awakenings Review. Ms. Dee is thrilled
to announce some of her poems were translated and published in Poland in 2006.
Denise was one of the editors and publishers of Nerve House based in Milwaukee.
she has lived in include Pittsburgh, New York, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago,
Milwaukee, Flagstaff and Albuquerque.