Allia Abdullah-Matta (Ph.D, MFA) is a poet and Professor of English at CUNY LaGuardia. She writes about the culture, and history of Black women and explores the presence of Black bodies and voices in fine art and poetry. Her poetry has been published in Newtown Literary, Promethean, Marsh Hawk Review, Mom Egg Review Vox, Global City Review, and the Jam Journal Issue of Push/Pull. Her do-si-do double chapbook, washed clean & blues politico was published by harlequin creatures (hcx) 2021. She is working on a hybrid collection of poems and images based on archival and museum research funded by the CUNY Black, Race, and Ethnic Studies Initiative (BRESI 2023).