Dr. Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr is a writer of short stories, plays and poetry. She is widely anthologized and has four collections of poems. Her plays have been performed internationally as well as national. Ms. Ismaili has read her poetry solo and with musical instrumentation. She has been a writer in residence at many colleges and art centers in the country. Originally from West Africa, she was a part of the Black Arts Movement of the 60's in New York where she resides. She is an art and culture critic and while focusing on African heritage her range is inclusive of other peoples and their art.