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Janaya Greene is a south side Chicago native who wrote award-winning short film Veracity (2015) and was selected in the top 1% of over 2,000 applicants as a 2021 Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab TV Writing Track finalist; she was also a SoCreate 2020 Screenwriter Stimulus Competition finalist. Most recently she’s written two episodes of the Tales of the Text scripted podcast for teens. Her stories delve into the complexities of queer Black womanhood, with a focus on queer romantic and platonic relationships. In addition to screenwriting, Janaya loves Black literature (especially historical fiction), music and is passionate about the connections between Black folks in the African diaspora. She is a storyteller and audience engagement professional with passions for uplifting queer Black stories, community building and mild sauce. House music is her love language.

Janaya is currently Social Media Consultant at OTV | Open Television, Editorial Associate at the Chicago Reader and a freelance writer open to providing copywriting services. She’s previously worked at City Bureau, the New York Times Journalism Institute, and Vice Media. Proficient in English and Ebonics. Say hi.

Photo by Glitter Guts.