SAFIA ELHILLO’s is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC; she received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia 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. Her first full-length collection, The January Children, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in 2017.
Safia’s work has been translated into Arabic and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology “Halal If You Hear Me.” Safia has shared her work on platforms including TEDxNewYork, BBC World Service, and the South African State Theater.
This handmade pennant is hand made from 100% cotton canvas, machine stitched seaming on all sides with corresponding thread. Letters are black cut felt, affixed with heat. Hang string is black twill tape with hand knotted loops that go on a oak hang stick.