Dennis ‘dePoet’ DeLoach is an amiable writer and author, determined to sidestep the obstacles of his youth. Growing up in the slums of Northern California in April 1951, even as a child, self-expression was important to him. His quest has always been to be recognized, respected, and rewarded for his creative endeavors.
DeLoach is the oldest boy of five siblings. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School and attended Laney College briefly before moving to Los Angeles in 1973. Graduating with honors from Los Angeles Southwest College in 1977, DeLoach believes firmly in the necessity of thought and power in action. "Life is difficult," he says. "But man’s biggest fault is not knowing how and when to use what God gave him to find happiness. This is primarily because he’s so busy concentrating on what others are doing, instead of what he ain’t doing.”
Currently he performs at various spoken word venues throughout the greater Los Angeles area, using a unique poetic style he calls a "spoem" - combining songs with poems. His latest of three CD's is entilted "Love Beyond Doubt."
His published works include, 'African-American Heritage' and his self-published book of poetry entitled HERE COMES dePOET. He has performed at the Black writers on Tour events, and the Pan African Film Festival Spoken Word Event. dePoet currently co-hosts a poetry and music showcase called SWAAM every 1st and 3rd Friday in Los Angeles. He has also written and produced his first spoken word musical play called LOVE BEYOND DOUBT.
Yes, Dennis Wayne DeLoach has indeed arrived! And, whether he comes as a poet, a playwright, a lyricist, or a journalist, faith and determination will undoubtedly prevail.