LaLa is a writer, poet, activist, and organizer located in Portland, Maine. Their experience spans many identities, walking through life as a Black, queer, nonbinary transracial adoptee. Living, creating, and loving in Maine has given them a unique appreciation of power and community. LaLa works to infuse their activism into every moment of every day. Believing taking a breath, pushing back on a person’s ignorance, kissing a friend’s cheek, are all acts of rebellion. Creator of BloodLetting: a poetry night for queer and femme people of color; co-leader of PoC Meditation: Feeling the Body/Healing the Heart; former blogger with Black Girl in Maine; columnist with Portland Phoenix where they penned Unpacking the New Normal; MC for L/A Arts’ Youth & Community Open Mic; organizer with The For Us, By Us Fund — creating capacity for PoC in Maine; and brand new babe for Restorative and Transformative Justice with the Restorative Justice institute of Maine. LaLa has had their work published in several publications including, Sisu Magazine, Incomer Magazine, Maine Sunday Telegram’s Deep Water, and Poliquads Magazine.