Carlin Rushing is a Black, womanist, “rhythm keeper” from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, but has lived in Nashville, TN since 2010. For the last five years she has found herself working with one foot in the academy and the other in local organizing and advocacy. Most recently, she worked at Vanderbilt University as a research fellow experimenting with methods for doing racial justice informed by Black queer theology and ethics. She also spearheaded an HIV/AIDS intervention program at both the First Response Center and Fisk University. A graduate of Spelman College and Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Carlin has also spent the last four years serving as an adjunct professor at American Baptist College and Fisk University. At her core, Carlin values family, faith, and believes that liberation in our lifetime is possible. Unapologetically Black and southern, Carlin is a lover of the Black women’s literary tradition, all things percussion, rural North Carolina sunsets and women’s basketball.