Jamara Wakefield award-winning writer, poet and community organizer who writes for publication and stage. She currently has bylines for Shondaland, Playboy, Wear Your Voice, Our Prism/ Daily Kos, B-Word, RaceBaitr, CUNY, Black Youth Project, The Root's Very Smart Brothers, Zora, and DAME. She has released 3 studio poetry and music albums. Her play Rosie, was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women writers. That work uses music and body performance to tell the story of blackness at the turn of the century. Her canon of work is cross-genre combining music, poetry, theater, music, and improvisation to create a public performance. She produces and directs projects about the experiences of Black people in America, Black women, vulnerability, liberation practices, and debt as a system of oppression. She earned her M.F.A at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, her M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU, and B.A. in Writing from The New School for Public Engagement as a Writing and Democracy Fellow. She studied documentary photography and film at the New England School of Photography. She is currently a Community Media Fellow at Express Newark. Express Newark is a state of the art studio and editing lab suite. The Fellowship allows filmmakers, editors, and producers a place to engage the community in an artistic environment through storytelling. She is a parent to an amazing Pisces human. Jamara identifies as a Queer Non Binary Black and Indigenous person and is pronoun flexible will answer to she/her/hers also acceptable they/them/ theirs.