Marlanda Dekine (they/she) is a poet, a voice, and a presence. Their collection of poems, Thresh & Hold, won the 2021 New Southern Voices Poetry Prize at Hub City Press. Dekine is the creator of i am from a punch & a kiss, a multimedia book/mixtape project, and the founder of Speaking Down Barriers, a nonprofit working towards equity and justice. They are South Carolina’s inaugural Spoken Word/Slam Poetry Fellow, a Castle of our Skins' Shirley Graham Du Bois Creative-in-Residence, Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellow, Tin House Scholar, Emrys Scholar, and Watering Hole Fellow. Their work has been published in Root Work Journal, Oxford American, POETRY, Emergence Magazine, and elsewhere. Currently, Dekine serves as Healing Justice Fellow with Gender Benders, a transgender advocacy group in the South, and as a guest poet with the composer/performer collective, counter)induction.