Safia Jama was born in Queens, New York to a Somali father and an Irish-American mother. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University-Newark. Her poetry appears in RHINO, Toe Good Poetry, Reverie, 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 prose can be read at The Volta blog, English Kills Review, Bryant Park’s Word for Word blog, and NPR’s Schoolbook. She is nonfiction editor at Apogee Journal.
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