Donte Collins is a Chicago Born Slam / Performance poet, Author Known for his spoken word poetry, Collins is a Minnesota spoken word finalist and the co-founder and co-director of No Projection, a group of four brothers aiming to use spoken word as an inspirational tool. He began performing poetry at his elementary school St. Peter Clever at the age of 13. Winning the school’s first talent show in 2009, he became a junior coach and judge for future events. Moving on to high school, Collins continued performing and brought Spoken word poetry with him. He then went on to facilitate a spoken word team, with the help of his older brother Lamar Collins, also a member of No Projection, Winning first place in the Say Word competition in 2012. In the mix of competing, Donte performs all over the twin cities at a variety of universities and theaters including the Walker Art Center, Orchestra hall, Pillsbury house Theater, Penumbra Theater, University Of Minnesota , Augsburg, St. Paul College etc. Collins is now the highest ranked youth poet in the twin cities and has competed in the international spoken word festival “Brave New Voices”.