Safia Elhillo

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Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and an Arab American Book Award, Girls That Never Die (One World/Random House, 2021), and the novel in verse Home Is Not A Country, forthcoming in 2021 from Make Me A World/Random House. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. 


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The Way Into the Poem Is the Decision to Write the Poem

The fear of writing a “bad” poem keeps me from writing at all. But I can’t write a “good” poem without writing any poem.

Jul 12, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
For My Friends, in Reply to a Question

I don’t know if I’ll ever go home again. I don’t know who I’ve seen for the last time.

Jun 22, 2020