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Donte Collins Share Memories of Old Rondo

Donte Collins is a poet. Named the first Youth Poet Laureate of Saint Paul, Minnesota, they are the author of “Autopsy” (Button Poetry, 2017) and winner of the 2016 Most Promising Young Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets. Collins is the recipient of the 2016 Mitchell Prize in Poetry and is currently a junior at Augsburg College. They are an alum of TruArtSpeaks, a non-profit arts organization based out of the Twin Cities cultivating literacy, leadership and social justice through the study & application of Hip Hop culture. Visit http://www.dontecollins.com/ to learn more about Donte.

Published on Jul 17, 2014

Author Donte Collins shares memories of Saint Paul’s Old Rondo neighborhood in this poem – filmed for TV Takeover.

TV Takeover is a 5-part live TV and event series in which Twin Cities creatives take over TPT’s airwaves. It’s part of Rewire, an initiative at Twin Cities Public Television that’s taking public media outside of the box.


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