Naomi Extra is a freelance writer, poet, and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. In both her creative and scholarly work she explores the themes of agency and pleasure in the lives of black women and girls. Naomi has been awarded fellowships by Cave Canem, Poetry Incubator, the African American Intellectual History Society, and Imagining America. Her essays have appeared in Bitch, Lenny, Ms. Magazine Blog, Apogee Journal, Broadly and elsewhere. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic, Bone Bouquet, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.