Mariama J. Lockington


Hi! My name is Mariama.

I was born in Atlanta, GA in the 1980s and then adopted by my parents when I was three-weeks old. I am the oldest of four, that's right, FOUR kids— and I grew up playing the piano and flute. I've lived in over seven states, some as a kid and some as an adult, and ever since I can remember I have been writing stories and poems. Like my main character Makeda, I think a lot about what it means to be adopted and come from a multiracial family, and when I was a kid I was always looking for stories about black girls like me. I wrote FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME because it's the book I needed to read when I was growing up, and because there are so many transracial adoptees in the world and we deserve to see our experiences reflected honestly. This book is first and foremost a love letter to adoptees everywhere, but it's also for anyone who has ever asked themselves: How do I figure out where I'm going, if I don't know where I came from?



Mariama J. Lockington is an adoptee, author, and nonprofit educator. She has been telling stories and making her own books since the second grade, when she wore shortalls and flower leggings every day to school. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including Buzzfeed News Reader, Bodega Magazine, and Prelude Magazine, and she is the author of the poetry chapbook The Lucky Daughter (Damaged Goods Press, 2016). Mariama is a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Alum, a Voices of Our Nation Arts Alum, a Literary Death Match Champion and she holds a Masters in Education from Lesley University and a Masters in Fine Arts in Poetry from San Francisco State University. For Black Girls Like Me is Mariama's debut novel, and the story she needed to read growing up as a transracial adoptee in the 1980s-90s. Mariama calls many places home, but currently lives in Kentucky with her partner and her little sausage dog, Henry. When she is not writing or teaching, you’ll find Mariama singing karaoke, cooking new recipes, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or re-reading her favorite book, Sula by Toni Morrison.