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.

  • Spray painted words adorn the side of a boarded up building. Text reads: Stop killing black people. Black Lives Matter. No justice. No peace.
    June 24, 2020 | Mahtem Shiferraw
    Photo by Mahtem Shiferraw In the aftermath of the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and many others before them, it is difficult to think we can sti...
  • A photograph of an empty bench facing the ocean
    June 15, 2020 | Mahtem Shiferraw
    In this letter to a friend, a health-care worker, Mahtem Shiferraw traces the devastating effects of war and how, with Covid-19—this war “that bloomed itself out of nothing, that continued to sha...
  • The cover to Your Body Is War by Mahtem Shiferraw
    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
    Mahtem Shiferraw
    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
    Mahtem Shiferraw
    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
    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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