Welcome to my little oasis! It is an honor to have you visit and I am grateful that you chose to spend your time with me.

As you explore, you will find a host of goodies, including my biography, blog, and information about my upcoming manuscript, Cotton. Stay a while and get comfortable; you will find plenty of love and laughter here. Enjoy!

About Najya

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Najya Williams is an undergraduate at Harvard College in Cambridge, MA. She aims to pursue a career in Pediatric and Neonatal Medicine. A youth advocate and social activist, Najya has committed to participating in numerous poetry and spoken word driven events to shed light on issues present in her community that many consider taboo. She was recently recognized by The Harvard Foundation and The Black Men’s Forum for the work she has cultivated and continues to maintain within the Black community on Harvard’s campus. Najya looks ahead to continue making a difference in not only her community, but the nation as a whole, one word at a time.

Why Najya? Why Cotton?

“Choosing to act in the face of deadly assaults is not simply an act of will, as Najya Williams reminds us throughout this book [Cotton]. It requires a sense of community and affirmation, along with a deep grounding in history. With lines like “I imagine this is how my slave ancestors felt/Silenced/Rid of their tongue/Not because they didn’t know how to fight/They felt trapped between saving their future children/ And keeping the living ones safe”– Williams weaves together past, present and future in a powerful call to celebrate and fight for the power and beauty of Black lives in America.”

Dr. Phyllis Mentzell Ryder, Associate Professor of Writing, Director of Writing Center, The George Washington University

“This work [Cotton], as I’m sure you know, is beyond brilliant. Emanating from the pages […], I can really feel the passion that runs through your mind when you’re piecing these works together. But passion doesn’t make good poetry. Your expert use of the English language and literary technique, combined with your passion and emotion, makes good poetry, and I’m blessed to have been able to have read it.”

Hakeem Angulu, Harvard College

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