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Airea Dee Matthews
Airea Dee Matthews

Airea Dee Matthews

Detroit, MI US

"There's a great weight that's there when you are not doing what you should actually be doing-some form of satisfaction that's not met by not committing to it."

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Airea Dee's work combines: Acting & Theatre, Writing, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Spoken Word Poet

Writer*Performer. Totally in love with poems. Obsessed with containers, memory, history, mythology, and thought.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Economics, General

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Graduate Degree

    Public Administration

    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Initially thought she wanted to be a psychiatrist because she liked to "read" people.

  • 2.

    Realized she didn't like the science of psychiatry at all, but still loved studying human nature.

  • 3.

    Grew up with an abusive, alcoholic father, but her mother was too afraid to leave him.

  • 4.

    Went to college and grad school for economics/public administration after her mom advised her to find a sensible career.

  • 5.

    Spent eight years in corporate America but knew she wasn't doing what she was meant to be doing.

  • 6.

    Thought she'd write and perform poetry on the side, loved it but considered it a hobby.

  • 7.

    Performed for the first time at a coffee shop, got positive feedback, realized her writing could captivate others.

  • 8.

    Was always fascinated by language "as a symbol," loved how putting words together made them meaningful.