Daughter. Sister. Friend. Oakland Girl. Hip-Hop Lover. Dream Chaser. No matter how you describe her, Niema Jordan is a Writer. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jordan started writing and performing poetry as an elementary school student. By high school she was a slam poet with passion for telling other people's stories and an insatiable appetite for magazines. Convinced writing was her calling, she left California and braved Midwest winters at Northwestern University. In 2008 she earned a B.S. from Medill School of Journalism. Today, Niema Jordan is a freelance journalist, blogger, fiction writer, and poet. Her work can be seen in the pages of ESSENCE, EBONY, and Venus Zine. She also contributes to OaklandLocal.com in addition to documenting the Bay Area arts scene for 38th Notes.