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 most downloaded articles in the journal within 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 a staff writer for QNotes Newspaper where she writes feature news articles and the column “Our People.” She’s a full time employee coordinating two HIV Intervention and Prevention programs for 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. It is a journey of healing she’s bravely shared with the world with the hope that it will one day land in the hands of the granddaughter she’s yet to meet. In the meantime, she continues to be the voice of the voiceless, advocating for the oppressed and marginalized with love, education and equality as her guide.