Marlanda Dekine, a.k.a. Sapient Soul, is a Licensed Master Social Worker, published poet and facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Furman University and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Marlanda founded and is Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers, a nonprofit organization that transforms space and co-creates community beyond the intersections of difference, i.e. race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation and national identity. Her clinical experience is in conducting therapy and forensic evaluations with children who have suffered child abuse or severe neglect.
Marlanda has facilitated and performed for various groups at training, seminars and poetry slams across the nation. She is a transformer of space, using her poetry and gift of healing to organize people for powerful individual and community transformation.