Kateema Lee is a Washington D.C. native. Her recent work has been published in print and online journals such as Beltway Poetry Quarterly, African American Review, Gargoyle, Baltimore Review, and others. She is the author of two chapbooks: Almost Invisible and Musings of a Netflix Binge Viewer. Her new collection, Transcript of the Unnamed, explores joy, identity, violence, and the “brief, bright lives” of forgotten black women in Washington, D.C. She is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, a Callaloo fellow, and a participant of The Home School, Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Community of Writers. She won the 2017 Montgomery Writes! Contest for poetry sponsored by the Maryland Writers’ Association and Montgomery Magazine, was a finalist for the 2019 Bethesda Magazine Poetry Contest, and her work has been nominated for the Best of the Net.
Kateema spent her formative years growing up between Washington, D.C. and New Jersey. She completed her graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Maryland at College Park. She currently teaches in Maryland. When she is not teaching or grading, she enjoys reading science fiction, graphic novels, and poetry. She is also what some may call a cinephile. She loves movies! In her free time, she binge-watches everything from “cheesy” movies, television shows, and international films to wonderfully informative documentaries. Her chapbook, Musings of a Netflix Binge Viewer (Finishing Line Press, 2018), explores movies, popular culture, and more.