Rico Frederick is a graphic designer and the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books, 2014), holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute, a Cave Canem Fellow, Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, and the first poet to represent all four original New York City poetry venues at the National Poetry Slam. His poems, artistic work, and short film have been featured in the New York Times, Muzzle, Epiphany, No Dear Magazine, The Big Apple Film Festival, an Academy of American Poets Contest - Honorable Mention, Best of the Net Anthology Nominee (poetry) 2017 and elsewhere. Rico is a Trinidadian transplant, lives in New York, loves gummy bears, and scribbles poems on the back of maps in the hope they will take him someplace new.

"Heartbreaker" a stereoscopic short film in collaboration with Director, Aron Baxter and produced by Nice Shoes was a 2011 Official Selection of the 8th Annual Big Apple Film Festival. My main contributions to this 3D film project includes: writer, performer and assistant art director.


Broken Calypsonian   Penmanship Books (2014)

FEAST On Our FAMINE MFA Thesis Topic: Poetic activism, interactive dinner table setting and book (upcoming)


Los Angeles Review of Books – Poetry & the Body: Un-Loving the Inner Self   Spring 2018
Academy of American Poets Contest - Honorable Mention
– Would you eat the moon for a little taste of the sun   Summer 2017
Epiphany Lit JournalHey Mom & Carolina Smoke Stacks   Fall 2016
No Dear MagazineBlood coughed across the sky   Spring 2015
MuzzleFour Hours At The Hospital   Fall 2013
Cold Front (website) – Song of the Day: What Sarah Said  Spring 2016
Cold Front (website) – Song of the Day: Turn Down For What? Summer 2015
Great Weather for MediaInterview with Thomas Fucaloro Summer 2015

MFA in Writing (GA) with Distinction – Pratt Institute 2018
Cave Canem Fellow 2016, 2018
Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow 2016
Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Finalist 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007
Intangible Slam Grand Slam Finalist 2012, 2011
Jersey City Slam Grand Slam Champion 2012
Nuyorican National Poetry Slam Team Member 2012 (Ranked 3rd Nationally)
Urbana Poetry Slam Grand Slam Finalist 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007
The LouderARTS Project Grand Slam Champion 2010

awards & honors

Cave Canem Reading – First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum 2018, New York City Poetry Festival 2016, 2018, Epiphany Lit Mag 2016, No Dear (Blk Poets Spk) 2016, Lit Crawl NYC 2016, Boog City Festival 2016, Poets House Emerging Poets Reading 2016, Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2000-Present, Great Weather for Media’s Spoken Word Sundays 2015, Kiss*Punch*Poem 2015, The Faculty House at Columbia University 2015, Suffern Poetry 2015, Mental Marginalia 2015, No Dear Magazine (Issue Release) 2015, Urbana Poetry 2015, The Eagle & the Wren 2014, The Louder Arts Project 2014, Summer Stage Concert Series NYC 2014, Montclair Poetry Festival 2014, Yale Peabody MLK Day Family Festival 2013, SUNY Oneonta 2012, Binghamton University 2012, The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam 2012, First Thursday Poetry Reading – Hawai’i 2011, The Big Apple Film Festival (Short Film Category) 2011, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 2011, Pop-Up-Poetry 2010-2014, Utica College 2008, Rider College 2008, PACE University 2008, Fordham University 2008, and 2012 National Poetry Slam (PSI) 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012

EVENTS: CUNY Video interview 2016, Liers League (performance of another authors short story) 2015, ALL DEF POETRY (performance for a website) 2014, Pier 59, Chelsea Piers (Nice Shoes Advertising Event) 2011, Spoken Word Almanac Project 2008 (poems written based on News articles for the year)

JUDGE: Urban Word Grand Slam Final 2014, New York State Youth Poet Laureate 2014, Urban Word Grand Slam Semifinals 2013

readings &