Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017) and holds an MFA in poetry from the New School. Winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize and the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, Safia has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary x The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. Her work has been commissioned by Under Armour and the Bavarian State Ballet and has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others. Safia’s poems have been translated into Arabic, Japanese, Estonian, Portuguese, and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology _Halal If You Hear Me_ (Haymarket Books, 2019). She is of Sudanese origin and lives in Washington, DC.