“Custódio’s poetry is salvation, inspiration, truth, healing and weapon against the oppressors.”
Daniel is a four-time national slam competitor and is the founder of Slam Nahuatl - runner up in the 2008 PSi Group Piece Competition. In 2009, Daniel and his team won the 2009 SoundBites’ Poetry Festival on Broadway. In 2008 and 2009 he won the PSi Slam Master Slam and was also the runner up in the SoundBites’ Poetry Festival individual competition. Daniel has self-published two books, “Rising to the Surface” and “Hooked,” which has independently sold over 2,000 copies. He has taught thousands of disenfranchised, inner-city youth poetry via independent grants, including the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and has also raised money to feed families in need in Richmond city via his talents. Daniel was recognized as one of Richmond's 40 most influential people under the age of 40 "Top 40 under 40" for his community work, using poetry as an instrument of change.
Daniel is a graduate of Hamilton College where he studied creative writing and later graduated from Northwestern University with an MBA. He currently resides in Historical Church Hill in Richmond, VA where he lives with his beautiful wife, Allis and daughter, Amarís Anevay.