I’m glad to be part of Bodega Magazine’s 80th issue celebrating #NationalPoetryMonth. I wrote “Eating in my Sleep” in the shock of grief, two weeks after my father passed away. Two years later, here it is, happily nestled among poems by Sahar Muradi, Rico Frederick, Carrie Conners. Thanks to Bodega editor Cat Richardson and guest editor Arden Levine. And to my friend Naomi Extra, who is named in the poem. As always, thanks for reading: http://www.bodegamag.com/articles/420-eating-in-my-sleep
Clearly, I lead a charmed life. I’m headed to read new work in Portland, OR, next week. Swing by the Ace Hotel’s lobby at 7pm, Saturday, March 30th, 2019. I’ll also be knocking around the AWP Conference and sitting on a panel called “Decentralizing Exoticism.” Wish me lots of luck and free range eggs.
Friday, January 25, 2019 — 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Hudson Valley Writers Center | Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Reserve your tickets here: https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/an-evening-with-rachel-hadas-gardner-mcfall-safia-jama/
Metro-North train or set GPS to ‘Philipse Manor Station.’
At our best, poets write with an awareness and a respect for those who came before. On this Día de Los Muertos, November 2nd, I share the link to three recently published poems at Spoken Black Girl Mag. The editors gifted me with this introduction: “Safia’s work speaks to that connection to the otherworldly, the deep recesses of our collective memories and the power of the imaginative spirit to heal.” I invite you to read the full introduction and all three poems when you have a quiet moment to yourself. Take care.
On November 3, 2018, I will be performing for the QUEENSBOUND project, which will launch with a reading on the 7 line and reception at the Queens Museum.
QUEENSBOUND Reading and Site Launch – 11/3 at 2 pm
The 7 train, first car
Here I am, filming a segment for the CUNY TV series “Shades of U.S.” Gratitude to the producer Darrell Brown, pictured above, for helping me to tell my story as a poet from a multiracial family. UPDATE: The show will air October 18th, 2018 and streaming on October 19th onward. More info: http://tv.cuny.edu/show/shadesofus/PR2007865
“Underpainting” and “Tenth Birthday” have been baking for years. Here they are now, at last ready for your consumption. Thanks, as always, for reading: https://cagibilit.com/safia-jama-two-poems/
I invite you to read my poem in the latest issue of Under a Warm Green Linden, an online journal with a long and lovely name that plants trees. My poem is titled “This Old House” and it was partly inspired by a certain 1980s TV show on PBS that was hosted by Bob Vila. Well, at least, that is the conceit. I don’t want to perpetuate gender stereotypes here, but based on my anecdotal experience sharing it on Twitter, I’ve noticed that this poem resonates most with dudes. Whatever your gender, thanks for reading. Click on the little button and you can hear me read the poem rather dramatically as well. -Safia
P.S. Did you know that Linden trees are edible and soothe a sore throat? I just learned that.