Safia Jama was born in Queens, New York to a Somali father and an Irish-American mother. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she studied English at Harvard College and earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. Her poetry appears in RHINO, Toe Good Poetry, Reverie: Midwest African American Review, The New Sound, Cooper Street, and Muftah Magazine. The Offing featured her poetry in a round-up of “rebel women” in “I Slay: 11 Women Artists & Writers Get Us into Formation.” Safia’s reviews have been spotlighted by the Poetry Foundation and her essays can be read at NPR’s Schoolbook and Boston Review. Safia is the nonfiction editor at Apogee Journal.
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