Shirlette Ammons is an Associate Producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award winning docuseries, A Chef's Life, produced by Markay Media Productions and broadcast on PBS. She is also a writer and musician whose body of work includes two collections of poetry, three music projects and numerous collaborations with artists of various genres. Shirlette's recent musical project, Language Barrier, features guest appearances by Meshell Ndegeocello, The Indigo Girls, and others. Her music has recently been featured in Vans Shoes' "Truth X Vans" digital campaign. Shirlette is a Cave Canem Fellow, an alum of the Next Level Program (an international hip hop diplomacy program of the U.S. Embassy and UNC Music Dept.), 2013-14 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award, among other honors. Shirlette resides in Durham, North Carolina.