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Get to know our Feb 22 Finals feature poet Safia Elhillo

Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8:00pm
Doors Open: 
7:00 PM
Show Begins: 
8:00 PM

Making her Toronto debut, Safia Elhillo is the Toronto Poetry Slam Finals guest post and we couldn't be more stoked!

Note that her book The January Children will be available for sale and signing the night of Finals.

Below is Safia's extended bio, and if you still need tickets to Finals, get them here ASAP.

Safia Elhillo is the author of the poetry collection The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award, the novel in verse Nima on the Other Side (forthcoming 2021 from Make Me A World/Random House), and her next collection of poems GIRLS THAT NEVER DIE is due out 2021 via One World Books an imprint of Penguin Random House.


Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she holds an MFA from The New School, a Cave Canem Fellowship, and a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee (receiving a special mention for the 2016 Pushcart Prize), co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and listed in Forbes Africa’s 2018 “30 Under 30.”


Safia’s work appears in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others, and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. Her work has been translated into several languages, and commissioned by Under Armour and the Bavarian State Ballet. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019). She is a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.