Jamilah directs community writing programs for youth in Philadelphia, PA where she lives with her incredibly supportive husband and two boys. She enjoys simple things like going on walks with loved ones in her neighborhood, snuggling with her kids to watch a movie, and reading favorite books again and again. She also loves learning about culture and identity and enjoys exploring her background as a Muslim, Black American, and West African in her writing.
Jamilah is passionate about educating youth and she worked for over a decade as an English teacher and curriculum writer in the fields of literacy and anti-racism for educators and youth of all ages. She cares profoundly about using literacy to attain social justice, empowerment, and representation.
Jamilah is a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators and has formed some of her strongest friendships through SCBWI and various online writing communities. She lives vicariously through the MG and YA characters in the literary novels she loves to read and she has a special love for picture books. She dreams of bringing the griot tradition she has inherited to the works she produces.