Yalie Kamara is a Sierra Leonean-American writer and a native of Oakland, California. She currently serves as Assistant Editor of Black Camera: An International Film Journal. She is the author of When The Living Sing (Ledge Mule Press, 2017) and A Brief Biography of My Name (Akashic Books/African Poetry Book Fund) which is included in the 2018 New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano). She was a 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize finalist and is a Callaloo Fellow. She holds BA degrees in Languages (Portuguese and French) and Creative Writing from University of California, Riverside, and an MA in French in Culture and Civilization from Middlebury College. She is completing her MFA in poetry at Indiana University and will begin her doctoral studies in English and Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati in the fall of 2018. She is also the proud recipient of a 2003 Nathan Jillson Memorial Scholarship from 826 Valencia. For more: www.yaylala.com.