Jamliah Lemieux is a writer, speaker and Senior Digital Editor for EBONY Magazine. A Chicago native and graduate of Howard University, Lemieux is a leading Millenial voice on issues of race, gender and sexuality. Integral to the reimagining of EBONY.com, she has been hailed as one of the sharpest young writers in the online world.  In 2005, she launched her blog The Beautiful Struggler, where for more than six years, she galvanized a broad national audience with her meditations on cultural identity, relationships and her own less-than-ordinary life. What began as a hobby quickly became a critically acclaimed online destination, establishing Lemieux as an emergent authority on issues related to feminism, racial inequality and pop culture. Featured on the The Root 100 list of the country's most influential African Americans, she is also a three-time Black Weblog Award winner and was a 2013 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards finalist for Best Digital Writing. Her work has been featured in EBONY, JET and Essence magazines and by many digital publications, including Clutch, Jezebel, Medium and Essence.com. A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, she resides in Brooklyn.

Writing Pain, Finding Peace: Participants will performing writing exercises designed to help familiarize them with ways to use the written word to express feelings of trauma and grief. We will talk about the power in telling and sharing stories, as well as writing for our own eyes only.