Yalie Kamara is a Sierra Leonean-American writer, educator, and researcher from Oakland, California. Kamara has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, was a finalist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellow. She is also a Callaloo Fellow in poetry. She earned an MA in French Culture and Civilization from Middlebury College, an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati where she is a Yates fellow. She is the author of When The Living Sing (Ledge Mule Press, 2017) and is the author of the chapbook “A Brief Biography of My Name,” included in New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano).