Gayle Danley in Action

Charles Story

Gayle Danley Performs @ Young Audiences

Gayle Danley: Superb Performance


Just Like You

Gayle Danley Conjures a Dance Party

Almost 50 at LaTiDo

Welcome to Grief Friend

Grief Friend - Rounding the Corner

Slam Nation: I Want to Die Like Nixon

Gayle Sings at Blackbird Poetry Festival

LaTiDo - Making Out

In October 2016, we featured slam poet, Gail Danley, as our keynote speaker at the closing ceremony for our annual conference of over 700 school counselors in Virginia. She was dynamic, awe-inspiring, and incredibly moving. The entire audience was riveted as she shared her motivating presentation through uplifting poetry and celebrated the dynamic work they do each day with students. Many of our members said "she changed my life!"
Brett C. Welch
VSCA Past President

Gayle Danley

"Words are more than what we say. They are what we live." - Gayle Danley
Gayle inspires audiences of all ages and experience levels. Her poetry touches and heals all who hear it.

Gayle Danley, B.A. Howard University, M.S. Syracuse University, is a championship poet and grief writer.

She has won both the national and the international poetry slam titles and has been featured on Sixty Minutes, in the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, which wrote:

Gayle Danley has been earning acclaim with the power of her words for almost 15 years. She performs poetry and teaches it to children all over Maryland, inspiring almost everyone who hears her with her frank personal revelations and her ability to coax cathartic self-expression out of some of the most unlikely students.
She is the Maryland Library Association's Poet of the Year, Young Audiences of Maryland Artist of the Year, and Young Audiences National Artist of the Year.

Gayle has published four books: “Naked”, “Soulfull—A Slam Poetry Study Guide”, “Passionate—Poems You Can Feel”, and

  • Bring Gayle Danley to your venue for powerful spoken word features and special themed events. Gayle's recent performances and themed events include the annual Come to Mama Slam Poetry Brunch,

  • Motivation and inspiration for poets and writers of all ages and levels of experience

  • Book Gayle Danley to engage young audiences in inspirational workshops, artist residencies and specialized youth poetry events, specializing in youth dealing with trauma and loss.


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