mission & work

// mission

Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul (she/they) is a family recordkeeper,

born in Greenville, South Carolina, raised

in Nashville, Tennessee, & Plantersville, South Carolina.

She has spent most of her life living

along the Gullah-Geechee corridor in Plantersville on Heir’s Property

with her amazing family, including her beloved parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, & cousins,

cousins, cousins, cousins, & cousin dem

on the land of the Chicora & Woccon peoples.


is the author & recording artist of i am from a punch & a kiss.


is the founder of Speaking Down Barriers & Spoken Word Spartanburg.


has served communities as a poet, social worker, child & crisis therapist,

child abuse forensic evaluator, board member, & dialogue facilitator.

Her work

honors her obsessions with ancestry, memory, & the soul commitment of self-embodiment.

// work & self-embodiment

Current Work in Progress:


Acres of Ancestry, Emergence Magazine, 2020

Three Poems, Root Work Journal, 2020

Social Worker I & Social Worker II, Screen Door Review, 2020

The Moon, Shuddhashar Magazine, 2019

Getting Lighter, Spark & Echo Arts, 2019

Ecological Solidarities: Mobilizing Faith and Justice for an Entangled World, Penn State University Press, 2019

i am from a punch & a kiss // the book, 2017

Sparrow’s Trill, Minerva Rising, 2015

FRUITS of the confederacy & Shine, Flycatcher Journal, 2015

Music & Collaborations

Silsilad Gabay, with soprano, Jazmin Black Grollemund, 2020

Restoration: A Concert Film, Acres of Ancestry & Native Son, 2020

Paris, 2019

i am from a punch & a kiss // the mixtape, 2018


2021 Tin House Own Path Scholar

2019 Emrys Keller Cushing Freeman Scholar

2019 SC Humanities Fresh Voice of the Year

2017 Business & Professional Women of South Carolina, Woman of Accomplishment