Naomi Extra is a freelance writer, poet, and doctoral student in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She is also a Cave Canem graduate fellow. In both her creative and scholarly work she explores the themes of agency and pleasure in the lives of black women and girls. Her work has been published in The Feminist Wire, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, Apogee Journal, The Paterson Literary Review, Weird Sister, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a book length project based on her experience growing up as a black girl in upstate New York.