Sunday, July 27, 2008
My daughter, Samiya A. Bashir, is an award-winning author and poet and one of her latest books has been listed on a best-sellers list for poetry. Samiya is a Cave Canem Fellow and a founding organizer of Fire & Ink.
Samiya's work has been reprinted internationally and she has read her poetry to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Samiya has won numerous awards for her poetry since serving as Poet Laureate of the University of California during her studies, and continues to teach creative writing to adults and children. She graduated from UC-Berkeley with honors. You can follow her art and commentary online at Scryptkeeper, and Pënz (it's pronounced pants) a year-long, daily group art blog she shares with Senalka McDonald, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and Ana-Maurine Lara. She currently resides in Austin, Texas.