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Born in Los Angeles, Audrey Shipp is an essayist who came to creative writing as a poet. Her writing has been published in various literary journals including Isele Magazine, A Long House, Sapphire Hues, Pure Slush, Another Chicago Magazine, LitroNY, A Gathering Together, and Linden Avenue Literary Journal.  Her bilingual and trilingual poetry appeared in Americas Review (Arte-Publico Press) which was formerly published by the University of Houston. She is founding and managing editor of the literary journal Decolonial Passage. She holds both a B.A. in English and Masters in Education from UCLA and an M.A. in English from Cal State L.A. She has studied Spanish in Mexico and French in Paris. Having progenitors from Chicago, Tennessee, and Mississippi, she aspires to bring to light the nuances of  African American culture while connecting her writing to the international African/Black Diaspora. Her professional passion has been teaching English and ESL in public high schools in Los Angeles.