Jamara Wakefield is a Black queer writer and creative who writes for publication and stage. She is the author of The Black Student’s Guide to College Resistance Volume 1: Student Loan Debt. It is a manual that addresses the colonial history of the American Higher Education system and proposes resistance strategies for students regarding debt and institutional power. Her performance work is cross genre, combining music, poetry, theater, music and improvisation to create public performance. Her play The Great Dismal Swamp was a semifinalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women writers. She currently has art and culture bylines for Shondaland, Playboy, Broadway Black, The Indypendant, Bitch Magazine and Broadway World. Her poems appear in The Felt and Deluge. She graduated from The New School for Public Engagement with a Bachelors of Arts from the Riggio Writing and Democracy Honors program. She earned a Master's of Arts degree in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Pratt Institute Writing & Activism program.