Darnell “DeeSoul” Carson (He/They) is a Black queer poet, performer, & educator from San Diego, CA. A 2020 The Watering Hole Writing Workshop Fellow and two-time CUPSI finalist, his work has been featured on Write About Now Poetry & Button Poetry, and in The Adroit Journal, Half Mystic Journal, and elsewhere. Most recently, he has released his chapbook, Running From Streetlights (2020), an examination of Blackness and being in America. He graduated with a degree in Cultural/Social Psychology and a minor in Creative Writing from Stanford University and is a Writer in the Public Schools Fellow in the NYU M.F.A program.
DeeSoul’s poetry springs forth from the intersections of race, spirituality, and family, among others. In his work, he uses the curation of images and the expansive nature of personal narrative to draw out the universal truths hiding in our everyday experiences. He believes not just in the power of our storms, but also in the joy standing in the middle.
DeeSoul’s poetry draws influence from many great poets before him, including Porsha Olayiwola, Crystal Valentine, Ebony Stewart, Danez Smith, Rudy Francisco, and the new and amazing poets he comes across every day.