Nicole Shawan Junior is a counter-storyteller who was bred in the bass-heavy beat and scratch of Brooklyn, where the cool of beautiful inner-city life barely survived crack cocaine’s burn. Her work appears in The Rumpus, SLICE Magazine, Kweli Journal, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art & Action, ZORA, Gay Mag, The Feminist Wire, PEN America’s Handbook for Writers in Prison (Haymarket 2021), Emerge (Lambda Literary 2020), and elsewhere. Nicole has received residencies and fellowships from Hedgebrook, PERIPLUS, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lambda Literary, RADAR Productions and the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, and more. Her work has received support from Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Council, Hurston/Wright Writers Week, Tin House Summer Workshop, VONA Summer Workshop, NeON Arts of Carnegie Hall, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and others. Nicole is the founder of Roots. Wounds. Words. (a literary arts revolution that serves BIPOC storytellers). Nicole has served on the editorial teams of Slice Magazine, Women’s Studies Quarterly of The Feminist Press, Raising Mothers,Sundress Publications, and has guest edited for The Rumpus. Nicole is currently working on her memoir, Cracked Concrete: A Memoir of Crackheads, Cousins & Crime.
Taneasha White is a Black, Queer lover of words, inquisition, and community. She has used her role within both literary and organizational spaces to make room for folks who are often cast aside. Taneasha is a writer, sensitivity reader, and is the founding editor of UnSung Literary Magazine, a flash fiction and poetry publication focused on offering artistic space for marginalized voices. You can find pieces of Taneasha’s right here in the Black Femme Collective, as well as Prism, Asparagus Magazine, Well + Good, Black Youth Project, them., and more.