Book Brennan for your events & workshops
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.
After years of being told he should look into voice work, Brennan started paying attention. He has created and performed custom poetry for several clients, including most notably, Kaiser Permanente health care. Voice work includes professional recording and pre-production editing for superior quality that can be tailored for your business in post-production.
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. Brennan additionally offers community workshops through a variety of arts grants, as well as individualized developmental editing services. Learn more about Brennan’s literary education services.
Brennan DeFrisco is a Bay Area poet, and has been a National Poetry Slam finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, runner-up for the Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and 2017 grand champion of the Oakland Poetry Slam. He has performed his poetry throughout the Bay Area with Sofar Sounds, numerous literary events, and has created custom poetry for the Harvest Summit and Kaiser Permanente health care.
Poetry on Demand
Brennan is an experienced poetry-on-demand creator, creating custom typewriter poetry for both private and corporate events, including, but not limited to: weddings, holiday parties, conferences, fundraisers, and public festivals. His services as an on-demand poet have been engaged by numerous Bay Area corporations for events, as well as Get Lit, California Poets in the Schools, the Zelda Fitzgeralds, and Rent Poet.
Editor & Coach
Brennan holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Antioch University Los Angeles, with a concentration on performance poetry and public speaking. He has performed on the finals stage for National Poetry Slam, and was Oakland’s 2017 Grand Slam Champ. He has worked as an editor on the mastheads of Lunch Ticket, Meow Meow Pow Pow, and Caesura, among others. Brennan is an experienced poetry editor and public speaking coach, and is available to book in either capacity.
Pricing is contingent on the type of service requested. Please use the contact portal to negotiate the price for your particular request. Please use the general pricing list to have an idea of price range. I cannot take on unpaid projects with exceptions made for 501(c) non-profits and schools working within grants.
Brennan DeFrisco has 10+ years of experience in successfully writing grants for community education and enrichment, and within a number of various arts organizations, including The City of Emeryville, California Arts Council, Berkeley Arts Civic Arts Grant, California Poets in the Schools, California Arts Council, Robert and Elise Haas Arts Foundation, and more.
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