An emerging poet, artist, and curator, NaBeela Washington has been attached to writing since the age of six. She embraces her time spent frolicking in The South, and nomadic tendencies, to translate the Black experience and growing up in fast food and fatherless.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Advertising from The University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.

She recently received a Best New Poets nomination and a Voices of Color Poet Fellowship from Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, was among 20 finalists for Catapult Seacoast’s ’10 to Watch’ award, and was invited to read her poetry by the Takoma Park Poetry Reading Series. She is also the proud mama of the lively literary journal, Lucky Jefferson. Her poetry has been published in The Cincinnati Review, The Washington Writers’ Publishing House, Juke Joint Magazine, perhappened mag, The Sligo Journal, Roanoke Review, and Crazyhorse.

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