Yalie Kamara is a Sierra Leonean-American writer 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 was a finalist for the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and a 2017 National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellow. She is also a Callaloo Fellow in poetry. Yalie’s poetry and fiction have either appeared or will be published in Vinyl Poetry and Prose, Pop-Up Magazine, The Blueshift Journal, Puerto del Sol and Amazon: Day One. She is the author of two collections of poetry, When The Living Sing (Ledge Mule Press, 2017) and the forthcoming collection, A Brief Biography of My Name (Akashic Books/African Poetry Book Fund, 2018), which is a part of the New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano). She has lived in France, Brazil + US, and has a particularly soft spot for Oakland, Washington DC and Paris.