fayemi shakur is a writer, cultural critic, interdisciplinary artist and curator residing in Newark, New Jersey.  Currently, she is a Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University-Newark, Department of Arts, Culture and Media and Artist in Residence at Shine Portrait Studio. Her writing has been featured in The New York TimesHyperallergic, CNN Style, VICE, HYCIDE, The International Review of African American Art, Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, and MFON: Women Photographers in the African Diaspora among other books and publications. Recently, she was selected as a 2019 Critical Studies Artist in Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. She has served as a mentor to artists participating in the 2019 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Newark and was selected as a 2019 Feminist in Residence at Project for Empty Space.

Her recently published limited edition, 146-page risoprint artbook, “A Womb of Violet; An Anthology” features a collection of contemporary voices in poetry and art by Black women artists that pay homage to the work of Black feminist/womanist thinkers, writers and poets, and is now available at Project for Empty Space.

Previously, she served as executive director at City Without Walls, a non-profit art gallery in Newark (2016-2017). She also served as marketing and public program manager at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art (2012-2016), managing editor and contributing writer at HYCIDE magazine, an arts and photojournalism publication (2011-2012), co-founder of The Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival and a certified yoga and meditation instructor.