Kiedra Burston Taylor is a Ph.D. student in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include portrayals of Black girlhood in contemporary literature along with the lack of positive Black girl representation in prized Children’s Literature. It is because of her research interests that she began to ask “What about Black girls' voices?” Kiedra believes Write On, Black Girl! is a creative and safe space for Black girls’ voices to shout with confidence, “Black Lives Matter!” Her work has been published in Challenging Misrepresentations of Black Womanhood (Anthem Press).
Pascale is pursuing a degree in English and Film Studies at the University of Connecticut. A long-time lover of literature and creative writing, once Pascale caught wind of Write On, Black Girl, she knew she had to be involved in any way she could. She believes there are far too few spaces for Black girls to express themselves in an authentic, unfiltered way, and feels that Write On, Black Girl will showcase all the beautiful and valid ways Black girls choose to exist. Pascale hopes this literary magazine encourages Black female creatives everywhere to continue to pursue whatever medium speaks to them.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York Christina is a rising junior at the University of Connecticut. Majoring in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Christina is incredibly passionate about social justice issues and the arts. She is dedicated to ensuring that students and faculty of color feel welcomed and that she uses her energy and effort to advocate for others. This is why Christina was thrilled to join Write On, Black Girl! Christina believes that Write On, Black Girl will uplift the voices and experiences of Black female writers, artists, photographers, and creatives in Connecticut and beyond. Christina is looking forward to embarking on this journey and hopes that Write On, Black Girl! inspires people everywhere.