Mahtem Shiferraw

Mahtem Shiferraw won the 2016 Sillerman Prize for African Poets. Her collection Fuchsia was published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is the founder of Anaphora Literary Arts, a nonprofit organization working to advance the works of writers and artists of color, co-founder of the Ethiopian Artist Collective, and executive editor of black lioness press.

  • The cover to Your Body Is War by Mahtem Shiferraw
    Lincoln. University of Nebraska Press. 2019. 90 pages. Embattled Representative Ilhan Omar recently said of herself and her fellow freshman congresswomen of color, “We are not there to be quiet. We ar...
  • Juxtaposed photos of sand dunes through different color filters
    Photo: Meriç Dağlı/Unsplash Nomenclatures II Those which we are givenin the brink of sorrow,or joy – or both; those marked on our foreheadsthe curse of a generation,or more, marked on our abdomensbi...
  • What to Read Now books September 2017
    This is not the Africa you knew. These books, some rooted in Africa but mostly embedded in multiple lands, explore issues of race, equality, immigration, cultural shifts, and more. At their core, they...
  • The cover to Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw
    Lincoln. University of Nebraska Press. 2016. 83 pages.  The futility of rage in the face of violence is among the many threads running through Fuchsia, winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book...

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