Lashon A. Daley


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"Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose."

Zora Neale Hurston

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About Me

Lashon A. Daley is a PhD Candidate in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on performances of Black cultural expressions in the U.S. She is the 2021 Peter Lyman Graduate Fellow in new media. In 2020, she won the Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize In Poetry. In 2018, she won the Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Artistic Talent. She is also a 2015 UC Berkeley Chancellor Fellow and a 2014 Callaloo Poetry Fellow. As a scholar, dancer, storyteller, and choreographer, Lashon thrives on bridging communities together through movement and storytelling. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (2008) and an MA in Folklore (2015) from UC Berkeley. Her children’s book, Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, was released in February 2016. Lashon is also the creator of Stories&Slams, a podcast that focuses on everyday stories.