Theopoet and mystic de'Angelo DIA examines culture and moral imagination through poetry, performance art, and photography. The driving influences of his work are embodiment, mythology, and contemplation. Additionally, DIA’s work is grounded in the aesthetic of neo-Appalachian art, the charismatic nature of the Black church, and a multitude of theologies that inspire mysticism.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Communication and Sociology with a minor in Photography from Appalachian State University, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Literature from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary.
DIA’s poetry collections include bifurcation and sacred|spaces (Theurgical Studies Press, 2024). His forthcoming manuscript, Cocktails with Jesus, examines radical tenderness, altruism, and life after death through elegiac and experimental poetry. DIA's poems have appeared in BLACK BOY Journal, The Skinny Journal, Artists Writing on Liberation, and Cru Arts & Culture.
He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, Hurston/Wright Foundation, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. DIA is the Community Relations Manager of Goodyear Arts based in Charlotte, NC.