Author and Poet L’Monique King is a native New Yorker who now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English, minored in Black Studies and obtained a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies from UNCC (the University of North Carolina Charlotte). Prior to pursuing higher education, L’Monique facilitated writing workshops in New York State prisons and had a regular byline in a community newspaper based in Queens New York. L’Monique’s peer review journal article on the redefining of Dr. W.E.B. Dubois’s talented tenth theory was one of the sites most downloaded articles in two disciplines amongst over 5,000 authors. Since graduating college she’s taught English, African American History and Civics to public school students. She’s currently employed by a CDC funded nonprofit health and education organization. Her book From Collards to Callaloo: Poems & Letters to Assata is a scintillating and cathartic collection of poems and letters written to the granddaughter she’s never met. Her upcoming book Tissues, Poems & Pearls: A Butch/Femme Reader for Black Lesbians is a must read that merges her love for poetry writing with scintillating text on navigating the butch femme relationship dichotomy.