Cija (pronounced Kia) Jefferson is an academic advisor by day, a writer by night, and host of Writers & Words, a monthly Baltimore reading series.

She is a graduate of University of Baltimore’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program, with a non-fiction focus. She earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where she focused her studies on black history, sociology and literature, with a splash of theater and poetry. After graduating from college she headed cross-country to Los Angeles, where she lived for three years immersing herself in non-profit work and enjoying the underground music scene. Debating about pursuing a career in stand-up comedy, she took an improv class at Groundlings Theatre & School but chickened out when it came to auditioning. She ended up moving back to her home state of Maryland and currently resides in Baltimore.

She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @cijasquips when the mood strikes.

Email her @ cjefferson6@gmail.com

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