Michele Y. Washington is a writer, graphic designer and educator. After running a multi-disciplinary studio Washington Design, and having worked as an art director for magazines and newspapers, she switched gears to pursue her interest in writing, research, and curation. Her essays have appeared in the America I Am Passin it Down cookbook, and she also writes on design issues for The International Review of African American Art and BlackDesignNews.com. Washington worked as an archivist and researcher on a three-volume book documenting the photography of Gordon Parks with the Meserve-Kundhardt Foundation. She was also the co-chair and moderator for the GLIDE’12 symposium.