Mahtem Shiferraw

Mahtem Shiferraw won the 2016 Sillerman Prize for African Poets. Her collections Fuchsia (2016) and Your Body Is War (2019) were 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. You can read several of her poems and her pandemic dispatch, “This, Too, Is War,” in WLT.

  • 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...

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