Jamila Osman is a Somali poet and essayist from Portland, Oregon. A public school teacher for many years, she is now an MFA student at the University of Iowa. A VONA/Voices alumna, she has received fellowships from Caldera, Djerassi, and the MacDowell Colony. She was co-winner of the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and 2019 winner of The Adirondack Review’s 46er Prize for Poetry. Some of her work can be found in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, BOAAT, Diagram, 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