Karima, who is a candidate for degree in the field of anthropology, has worked in various fields. Presently serving as a development associate for Onyx Media Corp, she has worked as an academic instructor with the Minisink Town House, and as an assistant teacher for C.H.I.L.D., Inc., Head Start. Karima has also been an administrative assistant for the Minisink Town House. She has been editor-in-chief of Voices! Mount Holyoke News, section editor of Red Clay Magazine, 1996 coordinator of the Youth Moves! Youth Conference, and a facilitator of the Kianga House Creative Writing Workshop. A past volunteer coordinator for Sister II Sister, Karima currently serves its board of directors. She is the author of Nelson Mandela, a biography for young readers and a winner of the MacArthur-Leithauser Travel Award for Excellence in Creative Writing.Who am I? "I am still figuring out who I am and who I am not. At months shy from thirty, I am wife, mother, daughter, uneven blend of West African and Caribbean American ancestry and spirit. I sometimes think I am a writer before all else; I wrote, edited, published, and distributed my first magazine at age nine. I believe passionately in the healing power of words and stories, especially those so seldom heard."Karima lives with her husband and three children in Dakar, Senegal.