Our Founding Members

Yumna Mohamed

Editor

Amanda

awanjo

Harini

Rajagopalan

Palak

Jayswal

Editor

South Africa

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Yumna is a recovering journalist, a self-loathing comedian and a psychology student hoping to promote BIPOC creativity and expression.

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Cameroon & America

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Bangalore

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America

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Amanda Awanjo is a Doctoral Candidate in the English Department focusing on critical race theory, childhood studies, and the digital humanities. 

Palak believes that there's a book to remedy every situation. Palak aspires to be a music journalist and write for a publication like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, or Billboard.

Harini has a master's degree in publishing and writing and a bachelor's degree in visual communication. Her professional journey has taken her from editorial design to writing to social media management. Find her work here

America

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Sydney Pope is a Baltimore based artist who’s acting and directing credits include Baltimore’s Centerstage, The Maryland Ensemble Theatre, Towson University, and most recently Rapid Lemon Productions. Her passion? Examining hegemony, head on. An avid reader and blossoming critic she loves sharing her thoughts about her latest read on Bookstagram.

Dominican Republic  & America

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Rose Heredia is Afro-Dominican from Billyburg, Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives in Oakland where she helps lawyers save the Earth. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing. She is a VONA and Las Dos Brujas alumna. She is a Culture writer for Epifania Magazine, Assistant Non-fiction Editor for VIDA Review and has been published by the Dominican Writers Association and HeadFake.

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Quinci LeGardye is a freelance journalist and cultural critic who covers books, television, mental health, local news, and other topics that align with her passion of showcasing underrepresented stories through the lens of a Black woman.

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BIPOC Book Critics Collective

The BIPOC Book Critics Collective is  a safe, communal space for all BIPOC Critics - beginners to professionals - to come together and shed a spotlight on women and non-binary writers of color. We have a separate membership space and Podcast. We are not a non-profit, but we are striving to become one!

 

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