Shampale Fenessa is a screenwriter, author, poet, speaker and educator. She is the author of Alphabet Love and has been featured in Essence Magazine and published in Souls of My Young Sisters, the Oakland Review and Sheen Magazine.
While attending Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida she earned an athletic scholarship to play collegiate basketball. In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. At Voorhees, she was crowned Miss Voorhees, joined the debate team and wrote for the school alumni magazine and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
After college, she relocated to Atlanta where she landed an internship with a prestigious marketing firm. She attend graduate school at Clark Atlanta University to study English and soon began following her heart to creative writing. In 2013 she earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Mills College in Oakland, California.
Shampale went on to co-write The State of Black Bodies, a poetic stage production that achieved consecutive sold-out shows in the Bay Area. Shampale Fenessa currently lives in Oakland where she teaches middle school English.