Kenji Lockett is a Black, Queer and Non-Binary poet who is a native of Oakland, CA. Their pronouns are she, they, them and he. She currently resides in North Carolina with her partner Rene and their dog Lucy.
In 2006, Kenji earned a BA degree in English Literature with a minor in African American Studies from California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA. Writing is their purpose and passion that they can share with the world.
Kenji’s artististic work incorporates themes/stories on depression, suicide ideation, spirituality and identity, which are based on their lived experiences. They hope that their writing will inspire others and ultimately show people that they are not alone in their struggles.
In 2021, Kenji participated and then graduated from the Creating Freedom Movements cohort, which is where they presented their first creative writing workshop.
On July 27, 2021 in Galveston, Texas, Kenji featured their first book of poetry, A.F.R.O., that they self-published on October 28, 2020. At the same event, presented by Bbaravado Ink, Kenji performed their poem Fat Girl Problems from their book during the Write About Now live show Words & Sh*t.
Kenji currently has plans to attend graduate school to earn their MFA in Poetry at Queens University of Charlotte beginning Spring 2023.
Fun fact about Kenji: they love horror movies and weaving that into their writing!
You can find them and their writing on Vocal as well as their Facebook page Kenji Nikole Writes and their book A.F.R.O on lulu.com.