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Short Bio: 

Author of the middle grade fantasy series, Cameron Battle, Jamar J. Perry attended Berea College in Berea, KY, majoring in psychology and English literature and Education. After graduation, Jamar became a middle school teacher in the Washington, D.C. area, hoping to instruct the next generation of scholars, thinkers, and writers. He is currently finishing up his PhD, focusing his research on Black boys, the history of traditional and Black masculinity in America, and racial literacy.

Long Bio: 

Jamar J. Perry is the middle grade fantasy author of the Cameron Battle series and its sequel. Jamar attended Berea College in Berea, KY, studying psychology. Understanding that this field was not his true calling after a year of study, Jamar switched his major to English Literature with a concentration in Education, where he studied the structure and power of contemporary literature while learning how to teach it to middle and high school students. After graduation, Jamar became a middle school teacher in the Washington, D.C. area, hoping to instruct the next generation of scholars, thinkers, and writers. 

 

After four years of teaching and finishing his Master’s degree, he decided to enroll into a PhD program at the University of Maryland, College Park, hoping that he could continue his love for literature and education.

 

While at the University of Maryland, College Park, Jamar’s research focused on Black boys, the history of traditional and Black masculinity in America, and racial literacy. With this renewed research focus, he began to write again, writing stories for the type of reader he always wanted to engage: reluctant readers, Black boys who needed to understand that they were magic, that they could also have joy, that they could be vulnerable and emotional, that they could be the hero in their own stories. 

 

Jamar understands the value of connection as he finishes his stories that center Black boys. Please reach out to him at any time on his website or on his Twitter @jamarperry and Instagram @jamarjperry.