Professor Darius Ajai Frasure, MFA, MA


Darius Ajai Frasure, Professor of English at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas, and 2016 Minnie Stephens Piper/DCCCD Excellence in Teaching award winner, is a proud graduate of Paul Quinn College, Luther Rice Seminary, and National University. His work has been recognized and/or awarded by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Big Thought, The University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, PBS Education, Mountain View College, Tarrant County Community College, A.W. Brown Fellowship-Leadership Academy, The Hudson Foundation, the Dallas Education Foundation, the Dallas Community College District, The League for Innovation in the Community College, the Dallas Public Library, the Business Council for the Arts, the Writer’s Garret, the Dallas Independent School District, The Dallas Institute for the Humanities, and the U.S. Department of Education, under the Obama administration. As an educator, mentor, writer and musician, he works relentlessly to nurture the literary arts and education community, primarily in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, as well as in other states across the nation. His work revolves around partnerships with literary arts and education organizations, which impact the state of Texas and the U.S. His poetry appears in many literary journals and select readings are on youtube. He has one spoken word album, Spoken Pieces (2010), and two collections of poetry: stained glass medusa (2015), and of stone and rope (2019).

Poets and Writers:

Reading poems for Dallas' lit-hop event
Once enmeshed in gang life, English Professor Darius Frasure recounts a turning point in his life where everything changed for him. "With most of my homies dropping out of school, committing suicide, getting locked up or dying," he realized. "Leaving was the only way to secure my future."

Darius Frasure reads for “The Big Bleed”

A short overview of MVC's QEP which was created utilizing the theme for Convocation 2013, "Writing in Unexpected Places".
Video created for MVC's Fall Convocation and QEP theme for the semester, "Consequential Writing". Faculty and staff discuss what CW actually is and how to incorporate it into the college QEP. (After the ending credits, a very short "gag out-take" was shown as part of the festivities and it is included here as well.)

Books by Prof. Darius Frasure