B.A. English, University of Miami (2005); M.F.A. Writing, Sarah Lawrence College (2008); M.A. Folklore, University of California, Berkeley (2015). Lashon is a PhD scholar in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and an emerging storyteller. Her research focuses on the performances of Brer Rabbit tales within contemporary U.S. culture. She is a 2014 Callaloo Poetry Fellow and a 2015 UC Berkeley Chancellor Fellow. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Storytelling Magazine, and Underwater New York. Her children’s book, Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, was published by Pelican Publishing in February 2016. Lashon is also the creator of Stories&Slams, a podcast that focuses on everyday stories. More information can be found on her website at www.lashondaley.com.