Zola Ray is a young writer whose work spans a number of topics from social justice to humor. Her work has been published on Bustle, For Harriet, Clutch, Elite Daily and Thought Catalog and she hopes to write for many more publications in the future.
Zola was born in and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her passion for writing began when she was in elementary school. In third grade, the influence of an exemplary teacher made her want to be a writer, and her fierce love for writing never died. In fourth grade, her teacher entered her poem into a contest. When she was 11 years old, she moved to a Long Island suburb not far from New York City. Navigating her biracial identity through both her Brooklyn and Long Island environments allowed her to gain an interest in race relations.
As Zola entered high school, she allowed her writing skills to help her succeed. When she started looking at colleges and thinking about her future dreams, she decided to pursue writing more seriously. When she chose a college for her undergraduate studies, it was the University of Pennsylvania, which she had the privilege of attending for four wonderful years. There, she gained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology due to her interest in race relations. Through participating in fascinating courses and discussing issues with her passionate peers, she was able to develop an interest for human rights and social justice as a whole. She became passionate about intersectional feminism and social critique while still continuing to nurture her passion for racial issues. During her senior year at UPenn, she was the Co-Programming chair of Check One, Penn’s mixed heritage group, where she led many racial discussions and was able to learn from her peers.
Zola minored in Creative Writing and explored the fields of poetry, fiction writing, and creative non-fiction. She submitted to Symbiosis, a literary magazine that allowed writers and visual artists to collaborate with one another. She was also a staff member of the University of Pennsylvania’s chapter of Her Campus, a digital magazine for college women. During the summers of her college years, she found herself at internships the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Bodega, an online literary magazine. Because of these enriching internships, she is equipped with experience in editing and curating online literary content. She graduated in May 2015 and was excited to start her post-grad life.
After college, she entered a social media internship with a digital media publication called The Culture Trip. In addition to generating posts for the site’s Facebook, she contributed content to the site. She also submitted content to other digital media publications, beginning to fulfill her goals of reaching a large online audience with her writing. Zola went on to be a Content Writer with BrandYourself. There, she ghostwrote blog posts for clients who specialized in a number of niches. She built upon her writing and social media skills while learning new SEO techniques.
On her free time, she can be found watching Youtube videos, singing around the house, and looking at pictures of cats. Contact Zola today for any writing pitches or content-writing positions.
You can contact me at zola [dot] ray [at] gmail [dot] com