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Zakiya N. Jamal was born in Queens, raised in Long Island, and currently resides in Brooklyn. In other words, she’s a New Yorker through and through. She holds a BA in English from Georgetown University and a MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children and Young Adults from The New School. She currently works at Scholastic as the Senior Manager of Social Media and has been published in Romper, BuzzFeed,, Thought Catalog, and more. Her non-fiction essay about her “Cuban Impostor Syndrome” will be published in the upcoming Latinx anthology, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed. You can find her on Twitter at @ZakiyaNJamal and email her at