Yalie Kamara is a first generation Sierra Leonean-American woman and native of Oakland, California. Prior to becoming an MFA candidate at Indiana University, she worked in the field of social justice specializing in educational access and arts facilitation. She holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in Languages and Creative Writing from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Arts degree in French from Middlebury College. Yalie’s writing has appeared in Vinyl Poetry and &Prose, Entropy Mag, and Amazon: Day One. She is a 2017 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellow. Her forthcoming chapbook, When The Living Sing, will be published by LedgeMule Press in Spring, 2017.