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 and sexual health and wellness to young people and adults.
As an advocate for health equity, she’s employed full time by a non-profit Community Based Organization as a Program Manager of an HIV Intervention program designed to address barriers to care for Black Cisgender and Transgender women living with HIV while also serving a coordinator of the organization’s county funded PrEP program.
She’s currently a staff writer for QNotes Newspaper where she writes feature news articles and the column “Our People.” L’Monique is also a DEI [Diversity, Equity & Inclusion] training facilitator who uses her gift of creating rapport through conversation and multimedia presentations to foster equity through enlightening speaking engagements and customized professional development workshops.
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 equity as her guide.