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 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cave Canem, Crescendo Literary, the African American Intellectual History Society, and Imagining America. Her writing has appeared in Zora, Glamour, Lit Hub, Broadly, Colorlines, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2019 BOAAT Chapbook Prize.