Lateef McLeod is building his career as a writer and a scholar. He has earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and a MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. He is a sixth-year graduate student in the Anthropology and Social Change doctoral program at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He also has been on the ISAAC Lead Committee since 2016, he was chair of the committee from 2016-2020.

In 2019 he started a podcast entitled Black Disabled Men Talk with co-hosts Leroy Moore, Keith Jones, and Ottis Smith.

Performer, Poet & Novelist

Lateef published his first poetry book, entitled A Declaration of A Body Of Love, in 2010 chronicling his life as a black man with a disability. He also published another poetry book, entitled Whispers of Krip Love, Shouts of Krip Revolution, in 2020. He co-authored another book of poetry called Studies in Brotherly Love in 2021. He currently is writing a novel tentatively entitled The Third Eye Is Crying.

He was in the 2007 and 2016 annual theater performances of Sins Invalid and also in their artist-in-residence performance in 2011 entitled Residence Alien.

This year of 2022 he was an award recipient of the Wynn Newhouse Award for his long career as a disabled artist.