Nicole Shawan Junior is a Black, queer, and justice-involved counter-storyteller. Her writing appears in Emerge, the Lambda Literary Fellows anthology, as well as Gay Mag, Zora, The Feminist Wire, Color Bloq, For Harriet, and more. A Bread Loaf School of English and Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation alum, Nicole has received literary residencies and fellowships from various arts organizations, including Hedgebrook, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Lambda Literary, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. Nicole is completing Cracked Concrete: A Memoir of Crackheads, Cousins, and Crime. In Brooklyn, she’s the creator of both the writing workshop Roots. Wounds. Words. and the reading series COUNTERpult, which centers QT/BIPoC storytellers. Find her online at nicoleshawanjunior.com.