Yalie Kamara

Yalie Kamara is a Sierra Leonean American writer, educator, and researcher from Oakland, California. She is the author of A Brief Biography of My Name (2018) and When the Living Sing (2017). Kamara’s writing can be found in Poetry Daily (Poetry Society of America), Adroit, Callaloo, and elsewhere. Kamara has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series competition and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize.

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    Yalie Kamara
    A detail from Dereje Demissie (Ethiopia), Psychscape (2009) In Krio, there is a word with Atlantic Ocean spray still swirling in its gut: Freeborn. I heard this word often after dinn...

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