Jamila Woods is a poet, singer, and teaching artist from Chicago, IL. She is the Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of YCA’s Teaching Artist Corps. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has been published by MUZZLE, Radius, and Third World Press. Her first chapbook entitled The Truth About Dolls was released in 2012 by New School Poetics Press. Jamila is also a member of the Dark Noise Collective of poets & educators of color, and is the front-woman of soul-duo band M&O. Their 2013 debut album, The Joy, was hailed as “mold-shattering” by the Washington Post, and their 2014 sophomore album, Almost Us, has been featured in OkayPlayer, JET, and Ebony Magazine.

Presenter: 2015