Jamila Osman is a writer and educator living in Portland, Oregon. Her work spans a broad range of issues, ranging from the tension between place and identity, to immigration and border justice, to education and race. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous literary and news publications, including Al Jazeera, Boaat Press, Catapult, and Teen Vogue. She has received fellowships and residencies from Caldera, Djerassi, the Macdowell Colony, and other places.
She is currently working on a memoir chronicling her parents’ displacement from Somalia, and the death of her sister Ayan in 2014. It is a meditation on the way trauma and memory are passed on across geography and between generations.
She tweets at @j__osman