- Columbia University, Master of Arts degree in philosophy and education (1995)
- Sarah Lawrence College, Bachelor of Arts degree in the liberal arts (1990)
- Full tuition residency scholarship - Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (1999)
- Fellow - Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center Fellowship for
Young African American Fiction Writers (1995)
- Nominated by Essence magazine - National Association of Black Journalists award (2002)
- Hunter College Presidential Award for Excellence for Teaching (2004)
- Ulen, Eisa Nefertari. "Crystelle Mourning" New York: Atria Books, August 2006.
- Mosaic literary magazine cover story (Spring 2007)
- Blacks & Books (Premiere Issue)
- The New York Daily News newspaper (Sunday, November 12, 2006)
- Essence magazine (October 2006)
- The Washington Post (September 7, 2006)
- Uptown magazine (Summer 2006)
- The Royal Gazette newspaper in Bermuda (August 15, 2006)
- Heart & Soul magazine (July/August 2006)
- "They're Not Talking About Me." Homegirls Make Some Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology. Ed. Gwendolyn Pough, Elaine Richardson, Rachel Raimist, and Aisha Durham. New York: Parker Publishing, 2007
- "Tapping our Strength." Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out! Ed. Fawzia Afzal-Khan. New York: Interlink Books, 2005.
- "Letter to Angela Davis." Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching. Ed. Deborah Menkart, Alana Murray, and Janice View. Washington, DC: Teaching for Change/ PRRAC, 2004.
- "Muslims in the Mosaic." America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals. Ed. Robert Atwan. Boston: Bedford/St. Martinâs, 2002.
- "Letter to Angela Davis." Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature. Ed. Kevin Powell. New York: Wiley, 2000.
- "Sacred Space." What Your Mamma Never Told You: True Stories About Sex and Love. Ed. Tara Roberts. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
- "They're Not Talking About Me." I've Known Rivers: The San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora Story Project. Ed. Cheo Tyehimba. September 2005. www.iveknownrivers.org/story02.html
- "My Best Advice on Writing." The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction. Ed. Jewell Parker Rhodes. New York: Random House, 2001.
- "My Best Advice on Writing." Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Writers. Ed. Jewell Parker Rhodes. New York: Doubleday, 1999.
- "Letter to Angela Davis." Letters of Intent: Women Cross the Generations to Talk about Family, Work, Sex, Love, and the Future of Feminism. Ed. Meg Daly and Anna Bondoc. New York: The Free Press, 1999.
- "Sisters' Stories." Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books. Ed. Max Rodriguez. New York: Wiley, 1999.
- "The Menstrual Hut." Am I the Last Virgin?: Ten African American Reflections on Sex and Love. Ed. Tara Roberts. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Articles in reference works:
- "Hip Hop (Women In)" The Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. 1st ed. 2008.
- Editor-at-Large and contributing writer for Fierce, a feminist magazine (Spring 2003 - Spring 2004)
Freelance journalism, book reviews, and personal essays:
- "What's at Stake: Can a Black Man Reach the White House?" The Crisis Summer 2008: 17-19.
- Rev. of Pig Candy. The Crisis Summer 2008: 33-35.
- "Bermudan Legacy." Heart & Soul April/May 2008: 68 - 69.
- "The Naked Truth: 'Street Lit' Sells Like Hotcakes. But at What Cost?" The Crisis Winter 2008: 18 â 21.
- "Meaningful Trip." Odyssey Couleur August/September 2007: 36 - 38.
- "It's A Family Affair." (Reprint) AOL Black Voices June 2007
- "Modern Day House Calls." Heart & Soul April / May 2007: 14.
- "It's a Family Affair." Odyssey Couleur April / May 2007: 85.
- "Valentine's Day Food Aphrodisiacs." AOL Living February 2007
- Rev. of Black Men in Interracial Relationships. The Washington Post Book World 6 June 2006: C8
- "A Woman's Place." Essence December 2005: 137-138.
- "Shooting Truth." Azizah Winter 2005: 65-66.
- "Crusing Kin." Odyssey Couleur September/October 2005: 76.
- "A Miracle on 152nd Street: Dance Theatre of Harlem Revived." AOL Black Voices October 2005.
- "Forty Years of the 5% Nation." AOL Black Voices October 2005.
- "Creating Space Equity: Interview with Akel Kahera." Azizah Spring 2005: 37-38.
- "Designing Women." Azizah Spring 2005: 47-50.
- "Listening Lounge: Four of the Season's Freshest Sounds We Love." Essence September 2004: 132.
- "Tribute: Nawal El Saadawi." Fierce Spring 2004: 80.
- "Muslim Girl Scouts." Azizah December 2003: 64-67.
- "Women in Motion." Health September 2003: 86.
- "Staying Strong: How do You Make Marriage Last?" Essence June 2003: 170-173.
- "Tapping the Rug." Fierce Spring 2003: 18-19.
- "Representative Yaphett El-Amin: Making Herstory." Azizah Winter 2002: 39 - 43.
- "Somalia's Queen of Green." Azizah Fall 2002: 52 - 55.
- "A Hero in Hijab." Azizah Fall 2002: 35 - 37.
- "Power in the Powder." Health January/February 2003: 61 - 62.
- "Muslim Sister Builds a Bridge to Understanding." Essence Online September 2002.
- "A Firefighter Learns to Love Life Again." Essence Online September 2002.
- "Sorella dell'Opera (The Sister of the Opera)." Azizah Summer 2002: 58 - 60.
- "Tapping our Strength: Perspectives from an African American Muslim Woman Feminist." Lee Gutkind's Creative Nonfiction Living Issue Project July 2002.
- "Cassandra Wilson: Bringing Jazz Back Home." Essence June 2002: 81.
- "Through the Eyes of an Afghan Woman" Azizah Spring 2002: 58 - 61.
- "Muslims in the Mosaic." Essence January 2002: 128.
- "Mfon." Essence September 2001: 153 - 156.
- "Fear Factor: Coping Amid Terror." Essence Online November 2001.
- "A View From Capitol Hill." Azizah Fall 2001: 82 - 84.
- "Faith: Lost and Found." Heart & Soul August 2001: 36 - 38.
- "Encroaching on a Brooklyn Enclave." The Crisis July/August 2001: 68.
- "Sarah Jones: Comedy and Culture." BET Weekend July/August 2001: 5.
- "Balance Your Life." Heart & Soul June/July 2001: 76 - 79.
- "A Muslim Feminist Speaks Out." NiaOnline May 2001.
- "Danny Hoch's Hyper-Conscious Hip Hop." HorizonMag.com. October 2000
- "Book Review: Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit." BlackPlanet.com. August 2000. http://www.blackplanet.com.Mem/featureinside.html
- "Love Reels." Horizonmag.com. May 2000
- "Sisters Spin Talk on Hip Hop: Can the Music be Saved?" Ms. February/March 2000: 69 - 74.
- "Corey Reincarnate." Horizonmag.com. February 2000.
- "Tony Medina's Slam: Poet and Activist." Horizonmag.com. January 2000.
- "Mothers of the Slain: Three Women Honor Their Sons by Educating Other Families About the Eternal Price of Police Brutality." Horizonmag.com. January 2000.
- Rev. of The Coldest Winter Ever. Black Issues Book Review May/June 1999: 33.
- Rev. of Imani all Mine. The Washington Post Book World 22 April 1999: C2.
- "Jessica Care Moore: Poetry, Passion, and Publishing." Quarterly Black Review of Books January/ February 1999: 38 - 40.
- "School Daze: Forty Years after the Little Rock Nine's Courageous Experiment." Vibe February 1998: 44.
- "Reading with a Mouse." The Washington Post Education Review 25 October 1998: 10 - 11.
- "My Rain Forest Epiphany." Heart & Soul September/October 1998: 86.
- Rev. of Good Fences. Emerge June 1998: 69 - 70.
- "Livin' it Up in Louisiana." Essence June 1998: 148 - 149.
- "Embracing Change, Embracing Islam." Heart & Soul May/June 1998: 100 - 102.
- "Claiming California." Essence Online. February 1998.
- "High Steppin' with Step Afrika!" Essence Online. January 1998.
- "Movie Review: 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation.'" Essence Online. November 1997. http://www.eseence.com/entertainment/movie_review_summer.shtml
- "Movie Review: 'Most Wanted.'" Essence Online. November 1997
- "Conjuring with Jewell Parker Rhodes." Emerge July/August 1997: 88 - 89.
- "Bringin' it Home: South African and African American Dance Styles." The Source June 1997: 87 - 90.
- Rev. of He Say, She Say. Emerge April 1997: 72 - 73.
- "Mix Masters: One Superstore's Values are a Customer's Censorship." The Source March 1997: 34.
- "New Directory Flaunts Talents of Black Folks." The City Sun 4 September 1996: 24.
- "Young Artists are AWOL in Brooklyn." The City Sun 24 July 1996: 20.
- "Hip Hop Artists Make Giving a New Year's Resolution." The City Sun 17 January 1996: 30.
- "Economics 101: Fiscal Inequity in Schools is the Basis of the American Caste System." Vibe October 1996: 55.
- Rev. of Song of the Siren: Tales of Rhythm and Revolution. Quarterly Black Review of Books November/December 1995: 36.
- Rev. of Hornman. Quarterly Black Review of Books September/October 1995: 29.
- "Interview with Moseka Koena." The City Sun 16 August 1995: 13 - 15.
- "Hip Hop Artists Reflect on AIDS after Death of Eazy E." The City Sun 9 August 1995: 24.
- "Black Culinarian Alumni Chapter Says Equity and Empowerment are the Main Courses." The City Sun 5 July 1995: 27.
- Rev. of The Wedding. The City Sun 5 April 1995: 27.
- "Writing and Reading with Glenn Thompson." Shade December/January 1995: 38.
- "Face" scripts. Nickelodeon (Nick Jr.).1994.
- "The Inkwell's Flowing: Climbing the Ladder on Martha's Vineyard." Shade July 1994: 26 - 29.
- "Improving the Health of a Nation." CDI News Fall 1993: 3
- "The Rockin' Adventures of Little Red Cap." Urban Profile Summer 1990: 34-35.
- "Trends Among Younger Contemporary Black Writers: Gen X at the NBWC" presented for the panel "The National Black Writers Conference: Creating a Historical Record in Black Letters," AWP Conference in New York (2008)
- Moderated Panelist for the panel "The Impact of Africa on the Literature of the Americas," Medgar Evers College conference: "The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas" (2006)
- Moderated Panelist for the panel "Doctrines Under Siege," Goethe-Institut in New York (2005)
- "Tapping our Strength: Perspectives from a Muslim Feminist" for the panel "Inside and Outside the Creative Writing Classroom After 9-11: Writing about the Unspeakable," AWP Conference in New Orleans (2002)
- "Tapping our Strength: Perspectives from a Muslim Feminist," Stephens College (2002)
- Moderated Panelist for the panel "Step Into a World: The Future of Black Literature," Baltimore Book Fair (2001)
- Moderated Panelist for the panel "Writers Dialogue with Gil Noble," FDCAC Benefit and Awards Reception at Columbia University (2001)
- Moderated Panelist for the panel "Over Generations: Portrayals of African Americans in the Media," Brooklyn Children's Museum (1999)
- "Towards an Africentric Philosophy of Learning" for the panel "Disappointment and Hope: Education in the Urban Black Belt," at "The Science and Art of WEB DuBois: A Conference on Black Reconstruction" in Philadelphia (1997)
- Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York): International Novels, Survey of African American Culture (Fall 2005 - Present)
- Adjunct Lecturer, Department of English, Hunter College of the City University of New York: Afro-Caribbean Literature, African American Narratives, Contemporary African Women Writers, Multicultural American Literature, African American Literature, Black Women Writers (Spring 2003 - Present)
- Substitute Instructor, Department of English, Hunter College of the City University of New York: Afro-Caribbean Literature, African American Narratives, Contemporary African Women Writers, and 20th Century Black Women Writers (Fall Semester 2002)
- Adjunct Lecturer, Department of English, Hunter College of the City University of New York: Black Women Writers, Contemporary African Women Writers, Multicultural American Literature, African American Narratives, Expository Prose, African American Literature, Afro-Caribbean Literature, Introduction to Literature (Fall 1996 - Summer 2002)
Reading and Writing Workshops:
- National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College Fiction Talkshop (March 30, 2008)
- National Book Foundation BookUpNYC workshops at University Settlement in New York (Spring 2008)
- Middle School Student Writers Conference: nonfiction workshops (March 24, 2007)
- Adult creative writing workshops at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center (1996-1999)
- Featured in the 'Black New Yorkers' Series, The Amsterdam News (December 6, 2007 - December 12, 2007)
- "Writing From Her Roots," Bermuda's Show Off magazine (December 2007)
- as professor of Black Studies, The Village Voice, "Black to the Future" (2005)
- for "Letter to Angela Davis," The Orange County Register, "Community" (1999)
- for "Sisters' Stories," The Greensboro News and Record (1999)
- for "The Menstrual Hut," Quarterly Black Review of Books, "LitPics" (1998)
- for "The Menstrual Hut," The New York CaribNews, "CaribWoman" (1997)
- for FDCAC award, The New York Daily News, "Metro" (1995)
- for FDCAC award, The New York Amsterdam News, "Arts and Entertainment" (1995)
- as writer at magazine anniversary party, The New York Times, "Styles" (1994)
- as member of Boys Harbor Jr. Committee, Hamptons (1994)
- Bronx Council on the Arts' Literary Arts BRIO Fiction/Nonfiction Panel 2005
Work in Film
- Proposal Evaluator for the National Black Programming Consortium 2005 Development Fund Film Competition
- Associate Producer for the 2004 National Black Programming Consortium Prized Pieces Film Festival
- Featured on Fox5 NY news at 5:00 segment discussing Barack Obama's speech on race with news anchor Dari Alexander (March 18, 2007)
- Featured on Fox 5 NY program, "Street Talk," exploring womenâs re-appropriation of the B-word with journalists Vanessa Bush and Lisa Chiffren (2007)
- Featured in nationally syndicated segment concerning race and spirit, "The Ananda Lewis Show" (2002)
- Featured in segment exploring use of Black English in African American literature, Fox 5 âGood Day New York" (2001)
- Featured in segment exploring Black literature, "NY 1" (2001)
- Featured in segment exploring gentrification and displacement of people of color in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, "NY 1" (2001)
- Panelist exploring Black female sexuality, "Family Talk" on Comcast Cable television in New Jersey and Philadelphia (1997)
-Bloggers' Roundtable discussion on NPR's "News & Notes" with Farai Chideya (September 8, 2008)
-Discussion of Black writing and the National Black Writers Conference with Dr. Brenda Greene on WBAI's "Talk Back" with Hugh Hamilton (March 25, 2008)
-Analysis of Barack Obama's speech on race on NPR's "News & Notes" with Farai Chideya (March 24, 2008)
-Analysis of Margaret B. Jones' fake gang memoir, Love & Consequences, on NPR's "News & Notes" with Farai Chideya (March 6, 2008)
-Bloggers' Roundtable discussion on NPR's "News & Notes" with Farai Chideya (February 18, 2008)
-Bloggers' Roundtable discussion on NPR's "News & Notes" with Farai Chideya (December 24, 2007)
-Bloggers' Roundtable discussion on NPR's "News & Notes" with Farai Chideya (December 17, 2007)
-read from "Tapping Our Strength" for Shattering the Stereotypes on the WBAI program "Asian Pacific Forum" (2005)
-featured in September 11th discussion on the BBC Scotland Johnston McKay program (2002)
-featured on segment concerning African American literature on the WKND "Eden Books Show" in Hartford, CT (2001)
-panelist exploring Black female sexuality on the WBAI morning radio show in New York (1997)
- Benefit for Uganda's Kitengesa Community Library in New York (2005)
- The Reading Series at the Kettle of Fish in New York (2005)
- African Voices celebration of Black History Month at the Brooklyn Public Library (2001)
- The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta (1998)
- The Black Roots Festival in New York (1997)
- Cornelia St. Cafe in New York (2005)
- Brecht Forum in New York (2003)
- Hartford Public Library Festival of Caribbean Literature (2002)
- Barnes & Noble in New York (2000)
- Nkiru Books in New York (2000)
- Bluestockings Bookstore in New York (2000)
- Three Lives & Co. bookstore (1999)
- Sister Power Mentoring Organization anniversary luncheon (1999)
- The Crossroads Theater in New Jersey (1998)
- Nkiru Books in New York (1998)
- Borders Books in New York (1997)
Dramatic Reading of Published Work:
- Millicent Sparks, actor. "Tapping Our Strength" in Shattering the Stereotypes. First Person Arts. Twenty Minute Dramatic Reading. Philadelphia, PA. 9 June 2005.
Readings, Panels, and Events:
- Panelist, "Resistance and Reconciliation: Transforming Our Lives Through Literature" with Honoree Jeffers, Tayari Jones, Martha Southgate, and Farah Jasmine Griffith at The National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College (March 29, 2008)
- Panelist, Brooklyn College discussion of "The Obama Phenomenon" with Gary Younge, Keith Brown, and moderator Dr. Noel Anderson (March 12, 2008)
- Reading with The Links, Inc., Queens, New York chapter (February 10, 2008)
- Moderator, Discussion with photographer and filmmaker Nsenga Knight, "As the Veil Turns: Female Pioneers of the American Muslim Community," supported with funding from The Brooklyn Arts Council (December 7, 2007)
- Panelist, New York Urban League Young Professionals Discussion of the Intersection of Hip Hop and Politics (September 18, 2007)
- Panelist, 9/11 Wake Up -- City of Mount Vernon Youth Empowerment Tour with Ilyasah Shabazz, AJ Calloway, and others (September 11, 2007)
- Hue Man Bookstore Off-Site Signing to Benefit Harlem Hospital (December 14, 2007)
- Hue Man Bookstore Off-Site Signing at Circle of Sisters in New York (September 22, 2007)
- Brooklyn Book Festival "My First Time" Reading (September 16, 2007)
- Featured Author, Black Issues Book Review National Book Club Conference in Chicago(August 24-25, 2007)
- Interview With Walter Mosley, Authors' Pavilion, National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Las Vegas (August 9, 2007)
- Buffalo Book Fair Panelist
"Hip Hop Culture" with Cora Daniels, Flores Forbes, and Sophia Quintero
"Young Writers' Roundtable" with Cora Daniels, moderated by Chris Jackson
"Images of Black Women in America" with Cora Daniels, moderated by Jill Nelson
(July 7, 2007)
- Moderator, Caribbean International Literary Festival / Caribbean Week in New York Caribbean Writers Panel, with Elizabeth Nunez, Glenville Lovell, and Nicole Blades, Brooklyn Public Library (June 16, 2007)
- Author Parlor, Go On, Girl! Literary Awards Weekend in Cleveland (June 2, 2007)
- Signing at Book Expo America New York with Mosaic literary magazine (June 1, 2007)
- Reading with Western High School Alumnae Association at Karibu Books, Baltimore, Maryland (April 22, 2007)
- Panelist, Fifth Annual African American Literature Conference, University of Maryland, College Park (April 21, 2007)
- Panelist, The Medgar Evers College Center for Black Literature and Brownstone Books Discussion of Black Womenâs Literature in Brooklyn (April 19, 2007)
- AOL / Black Voices Women's History Month Book Series, New York (March 28, 2007)
- Reading with Brooklyn Ballers youth group in Bushwick, Brooklyn (March 25, 2007)
- Reading at Tillie's Cafe in Brooklyn, New York Writers Coalition Writing Aloud Series (March 21, 2007)
- Panelist, "Write On!" at the Bronx Academy of Art and Dance (March 15, 2007)
- Reading at The New School in New York, Women Writers of the Diaspora Series (March 7, 1007)
- Reading at Brownstone Books in Brooklyn (February 16, 2007)
- Black History Month Reading Sponsored by the Hunter College Africana, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies Department in New York (February 15, 2007)
- Reading with Colson Whitehead and Martha Southgate, KGB / Behind the Book Reading Series in New York City (February 8, 2007)
- Panelist with Bridgett Davis and Martha Southgate, "The Black Female Literary Tradition," McNally Robinson in New York City (December 5, 2006)
- Panelist with Troy Johnson of AALBC.com and Flores Forbes at Tribal Spears in Harlem (November 30, 2006)
- Reading, Kettle of Fish in New York City (November 29, 2006)
- Radio Interview with Dr. Brenda Greene, "Writers on Writing" (November 26, 2006)
- Radio Interview with Elizabeth Nunez, WBAI radio (November 12, 2006)
- Reading, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York (October 18, 2006)
- Panelist with Elizabeth Nunez and Marie Elena John, "The Feminine Power of Fiction," Up South International Book Festival At City College in New York (September 29, 2006)
- Reading, Barnes and Noble in Brooklyn (September 27, 2006)
- Reading, Borders in Philadelphia (September 14, 2006)
- Panelist, "Literary LA to West Philadelphia," National Association of
Black Journalists Convention in Indianapolis (August 18, 2006)
- Interview, "News and Notes With Ed Gordon," NPR (August 15, 2006)
- Reading, Hue Man Books and Cafe, Harlem (August 9, 2006)
- Interview, 107.5 radio, Bermuda (August 7, 2006)
- Reading, "Book Fun in the Summertime," Pier 63 in Chelsea (July 23, 2006)
- Panelist, "Writing the Diaspora: Emerging Authors From the
Black Writing World," The Harlem Book Fair (July 22, 2006)
- for "They're Not Talking About Me": in The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature review of Home Girls Make Some Noise, Tarshia L. Stanley writes: "In They're Not Talking About Me, Eisa Nefertari Ulen creates a moment to reflect on the inner anguish that women can experience in hip hop culture as young girls confused by the mixed message sent to them in rap music and videos adopt a passive attitude toward misogyny or become enamored with hypersexual representations of particularly black womanhood. Many women choose to negotiate the difficult spaces by refusing to acknowledge that they exist."
- for "Letter to Angela Davis": in his review of Step Into a World Jerry W. Ward Jr. explores Eisa's contribution as one of "two pieces that deal hauntingly with the first major concern" of what he calls "loss of ancestral succession." (2001)
- for "Letter to Angela Davis," Bakari Kitwana's review of Step Into a World in The Progressive: "Contributors like Eisa Nefertari Ulen question some of the failings of the older generation that the younger generation has inherited. "As I take full advantage of my generation's opportunity to enjoy a delayed adolescence " single but yearning for marriage and parenthood " I look back on my own family,' she writes. "I feel the lost potential -- at times feel imprisoned by it. The Black Nation's hip-hop generation has been looking back at itself... Your generation's ex-husbands are replicated in my generation's babies' fathers. This is not an empowering new configuration of family that is somehow uplifting and free... Where are those revolutionary, revolution-era families?'" (2001)
- for "Letter to Angela Davis," The Houston Chronicle: "In an open letter to Angela Davis in the Dialogue Section, "What Happened to Your Generation's Promise of Love and Revolution?,' Eisa Nefertari Ulen questions the Black Panther icon and her generation about where youth culture should be headed - politically, emotionally, and spiritually: "Your generation's ex-husbands are replicated in my generation's babies' fathers. This is not an empowering new configuration of family that is somehow uplifting and free. Our babies' mothers are alone and tired and broke.' Her fierce questions have no easy answers, like many of the questions posed in this anthology. But they are questions on a number of minds nonetheless." (2000)
- for "Letter to Angela Davis," Publisher's Weekly (1999): "poetically phrased"
- for "Letter to Angela Davis," Moxie magazine (1999): "Eisa Nefertari Ulen asks Angela Y. Davis, 'What happened to your generation's promise of love and revolution?'"
- for "The Menstrual Hut," Publisher's Weekly (1996): "Eisa Nefertari Ulen writes effervescently about the women who supported her as she reached maturity: "My circle of women has taught me to shake my body and love it.'"