Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Darise JeanBaptiste is a fiction writer. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark and her MA in English literature from Brooklyn College, where she began teaching English composition. Her pathway to writing fiction began as a girl writing in her journal. Darise has written for The Press & Sun-Bulletin, The Ithaca Journal, and City Limits. Darise is a VONA (Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation) alum and a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow. In her creative process, she aims to trace the trajectory toward a woman’s embrace of her intuitive power.