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Hey! My name is Nkosi and I'm the Director of Written Content for chess.com! I'm a USCF expert-rated chess player (tryna get to master nervous) and a multi-disciplinarian artist/poet.

My work has been published in The Nation, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and more. My life has been thankfully gifted with opportunities to teach chess and poetry to children.

I'm OBSESSED with Square Poems! These are poems to be read both horizontally and vertically. Sound familiar? Check out my poem "The Chessmen." Anything that bridges literature and chess is an absolute dream for me!

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