Shane Dedman (they/them) came to Atlanta in 2012 to be a poet, memoirist, singer, and director. As a Virgo, first generation high school graduate, and southern millennial, their interdisciplinary work and activism is concerned with new media, the translation of trauma to materials, the accessibility of creativity, divergent selfdom, the archive, and the act of archiving.
After graduating from Georgia State University in 2016, Dedman taught art in juvenile detention centers. They devised their own lesson plans based on the needs and interests of the individuals in each class. Through this practice, they realized that there is no reforming a corrupt system.
Having always needed to be resourceful, they devoted their further education to the unofficial house of DIY. They performed as a backup vocalist in various venues, houses, and mutual aid benefits from the years of 2015-2017. Since becoming a solo artist they have been featured on tracks in collaboration with local ensemble VISITORS.
From 2016 to 2018 they created, hosted, and edited the works of Feedback Poetry Collective - a workshop, reading series, and zine. FPC was hosted out of Mammal Gallery in South Downtown before the arts district was shut down and turned into development. The collective featured deeply talented, underrepresented Atlanta writers.
Shane has contributed writings to print and online publications including Oz Magazine, fLoromancy, Wussy Mag, Analog Cookbook, and Underground Arts & Literary Journal. They have read their poems in galleries, night clubs, coffee shops, and festivals nationally and internationally including the Bowery Poetry Club, The New York City Poetry Festival, The Bakery Atlanta, Wicked Poetry Slam Berlin, and the Sundress Reading Series.
Dedman has showcased films in person at LadyFest 2015 and Out on Film 2019 as well as virtually on Facebook Live and at the NOFLASH 2020 Film Festival. They've participated in residencies with Welcome Hill Studios, The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Joshua Tree Highlands, and most recently TAR Project.
Shane is currently working on a series of short films after the loss of their writing archive. They are currently in search of representation and live in Atlanta, GA.