Mahtem Shiferraw is a poet and visual artist who grew up in Ethiopia & Eritrea. Her work has been published in The 2River View, Cactus Heart Press, Blood Lotus Literary Journal, Luna Luna Magazine, Mandala Literary Journal, Blackberry: A Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Bitter Oleander Press, Callaloo and elsewhere. She won the Sillerman Prize for African Poets and her full length collection, FUCHSIA, was published by the University of Nebraska Press (2016). Her poetry chapbook, BEHIND WALLS & GLASS, was published by Finishing Line Press. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.


The Okayaafrica 2016 Year-End Book List – Okayafrica

New Beginnings: The Freshest Books of 2016 – The Undefeated 

As If The World Has Not Turned Its Back, Interview – The Massachusetts Review 

Fuchsia Review – World Literature Today

FUCHSIA synopsis – The Poetry Foundation

Micro- Review of FUCHSIA – The Kenyon Review

White is a Color, Black is Art – Interview by Short Story Day Africa

25 New Books by African Writers You Should Read – Literary Hub

Books by Black Authors to Look Forward to in 2016 – The Root

Fuchsia, Interview – Otis College of Art and Design

Fuchsia, Interview – Prairie Schooner 

Review of FUCHSIA – Plume Poetry

Review of FUCHSIA – Fourth & Sycamore

Interview, Poetry LA – Various Poems


Nomenclatures of Invisibility – Poets.org

Crackling Blue – Visual Verse

Where I Leave You – Poems Against Borders, The Missing Slate

The Yellow Woman | The Sound of Water | Stories – forthcoming from Voices of Leimert Park, Los Angeles Poetry Anthology

Blood Disparities | She Says They Come at Night – The 2River View

Origins & Intersections | Polka Dot Dreams | While Weeping – Blast Furnace Literary Journal

E is for Eden – Mad Hatters Review

On Cremation – Cactus Heart Press

Something Sleeps in the Mud-Beds of the Nile | Twenty Questions for Your Mother – Mandala Literary Journal 

Song of the Dead | Luna Luna Magazine

Small Tragedies | Synesthesia – Blackberry: A Magazine

Fuchsia – Callaloo Literary Journal

Daisies & Death – Diverse Voices Quarterly

Sleeping with Hyenas – The Bitter Oleander Press (Vol. 20, No.2., Autumn)

The Monk of Zege – Long Story, Short Literary Journal 

Talks About Race – Numero Cinq

Sister Black, Sister Blue – California Journal of Poetics

A Dream in Sequences – California Journal of Poetics