This blog initially started as a public diary to share my struggles and successes, and then soon blossomed into a platform that allows me to reach out and help others through my personal experiences and interests. I love literature and writing, I enjoy music, and my journey is all about personal growth, so why not speak about all?

The name of the blog is influenced by the Dark Room Collective, a network of African-American poets and writers, led by Harvard undergraduates between 1988-1998. Read more about them on my Instagram post.

Serina Gousby is a writer, poet, and blogger from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She currently works as a Development Assistant and Boston Writers of Color Coordinator at GrubStreet, a non-profit organization, and Creative Writing Center. Serina graduated from Suffolk University, majored in English with a Creative Writing track, and minored in Black Studies. She has performed spoken word at Suffolk University, Roxbury Community College, Literary Death Match, and HUBWeek. Her poetry and essays are published in The Suffolk Journal and Necessary Fiction, and more soon to come. She has been writing as an escape mechanism since she was 10, and started writing poems when she was 14.

At first, poetry was my way to express feelings for a crush I had when I was a teenager, but I realized that it sparked a hidden talent that gave me reasons to fight through depression and trauma in my adolescence. After that, friends and classmates pushed me into doing a spoken word piece at a high school’s talent show, and I’ve been loving poetry and literature ever since. 

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