Talena Lachelle Queen, BA, MFA, D.D is the founder and president of Her Best Self, a nonprofit organization that fosters leadership qualities in young women. She is a certified and licensed elementary school teacher specializing in Middle Level Humanities in both New Jersey and Washington states. Queen is a Paterson, NJ native who specializes in poetry that infuses music, particularly gospel and jazz. Her writing addresses social justice issues that impact the Black community-- her family. Among her alma mater are Rosa Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts High School where she earned her diploma in Creative Writing, Montclair State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting, University of Washington where she earned both her Teaching Certification, and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics, and the University of Notre Dame where she earned an Executive Certification in Transformational Nonprofit Management at the Mendoza Business School. Queen is a martial artist, art lover and a gardener.

Talena Lachelle Queen

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