Camille Acker holds a B.A. in English from Howard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. She has more than fifteen years experience as a writer and editor. At the book publishing house John Wiley & Sons, she helped to bring diverse stories to publication, including parenting, history, and biography books. Over the course of her career, she has been an editor for trade, academic, government, and on demand publications. Her work in education and non-profits, such as Harlem Children’s Zone and the National Public Housing Museum, included youth development, programming, copywriting, and copyediting.

As a creative writer, she has attended workshops at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA), Callaloo Writers Workshop, and was a resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts. She co-edited Dismantle: An Anthology from the VONA/Voices Workshop and co-founded the website for and about single women, The Spinsters Union. She is a founding member of the Chicago Artists Month featured writing and performance group, VoCL (Voices of Chicago Literati). Her work has appeared in NewCity, Fusion, DAME, and is forthcoming in Hazlitt, among others. Her short story collection, Training School for Negro Girls, will be published by The Feminist Press in fall 2018.

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