Yalie Kamara is a first generation Sierra Leonean-American and native of Oakland, California. Prior to becoming an MFA candidate at Indiana University, she worked in the service of youth and adults all over the state of California in the areas of educational access, nonprofit management, and community-based art facilitation. She holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in Languages and Creative Writing from UC Riverside and a Masters of Arts degree in French from Middlebury College. She has been shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among her publications, Yalie's work has appeared in Vinyl Poetry and Prose, Entropy Mag, Monster House Press, and Amazon: Day One.