IMG_1196CTina Fakhrid-Deen has been an educator/activist for over 15 years. She has worked in higher education, Federal TRIO Programs, alternative schools, social services, arts education, and college prep programs. Currently, she is a freelance writer, educator, performer, consultant, and LGBTQ family activist. Having grown up with a gay parent, she started the Chicago Chapter of COLAGE which she volunteer coordinated for seven years. Tina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech (Performance Studies), a Master’s in Education (with an emphasis on Multicultural/Urban Education and Educational Policy) and a MFA in Creative Writing and Black Literature.

In 2010, she completed Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents (Seal Press) and is seeking a brilliant publisher for her first young adult novel, Puma is Not a Shoe. Her essays, insight, and poetry have been published in anthologies such as Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class, Sometimes Rhythm, Sometimes Blues: Young African-Americans on Love, Relationships, Sex, and the Search for Mr. Right, My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions From Black Daughters To Their Fathers, Homegirls Make Some Noise: Hip-Hop Feminism Anthology, and Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is. She has also written and/or edited for Just For Us, Melanin Magazine, Mosaic, Venus Magazine, Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago, Tidal Basin Review, and Scott Foresman. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Illinois.

She lives with her beautiful husband and extraordinary daughter in the heart of Chicago. A true Chicagoan, Tina craves Italian Icies (with lupini beans) and the magnificent lakefront which looks more like an ocean. She’s a fiend for Nutella & raspberry crepes, white cake icing, and traveling to places where they don’t speak English, but not necessarily in that order. At any given moment, challenge her to a dance battle or an old school hip-hop battle and you will surely lose.

For more information about Let’s Get This Straight, author interviews, excerpts, and reviews, contact:
Andie East, Publicist
Seal Press
510.809.3872 / andie.east@perseusbooks.com

To contact Tina, e-mail her at tinafakhriddeen@gmail.com.