this is not a poem.

Brennan DeFrisco is a poet, educator, editor & drinker of coffee from the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, runner-up for the Drake University Emerging Writer Award, & 2017 Grand Slam Champion of the Oakland Poetry Slam. He’s the author of A Heart With No Scars (Nomadic Press) & has served as poetry editor on the mastheads of Lunch Ticket & Meow Meow Pow Pow. Brennan is the Contra Costa County coordinator for California Poets and facilitates creative writing and performance workshops as a teaching artist in schools, juvenile centers, and various arts education programs. His work has been published in Words Dance, Red Wheelbarrow, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Collective Unrest, & elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Poet, Performance Artist,

Non-Denominational Minister,

Literary Educator


Read published work, view recorded performances, public speaking engagements, or explore voice work and poetry-on-demand. Also available for the creation of customized wedding vows, ceremonies, and other public speaking materials.

Accredited Officiant

Ordained through the Universal Life Church, Brennan is available to hire to perform weddings, funerals, baptisms, and more. Customized wedding vows, ceremonies, and other officiated engagements available. Non-denominational, LGBTQIA+ inclusive.

Literary Education

Brennan DeFrisco is a certified literary educator who holds a Master’s Degree in Poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles. Brennan has been teaching poetry and coordinating community workshops and events for over a decade. Available to book in Northern California, Oregon, Southwest Washington, or virtual workshops anywhere in the world.


Brennan’s knowledge of poetry & public speaking has been a huge advantage to me as a public arts education facilitator.

Meg Hamill – Executive Director, California Poets in the Schools

I enjoyed working with Brennan and have come to know him as a reliable performer who engages audiences.

Karim Salem- Sofar Sounds events organizer