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Safia Elhillo: Workshop @ 4:30 and Performance @ 8

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8:00pm

Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, Hales Annex 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Safia Elhillo will present a writing workshop and evening performance during her visit to campus. Come hear this breathtaking, spellbinding, captivating storyteller. 

Safia Elhillo’s first full-length collection, The January Children, was released March 2017 (University of Nebraska Press). Sudanese by way of Washington, D.C., she received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School.

Elhillo is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator.

In addition to her work appearing in several journals and anthologies including, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, her work has been translated into Arabic and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is coeditor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me.

Elhillo is an alum and former coach of the DC Youth Slam Team and a founding member of New York University’s Slam NYU. She has shared her work on platforms including TEDxNewYork, BBC World Service, and the South African State Theater.

Safia Elhillo program:

  • Writing Workshop 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 8
  • Performance: 8 p.m., Friday, September 8 


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