BIOGRAPHY

Mahtem Shiferraw is a poet and visual artist form Ethiopia & Eritrea. Her work has been published in various literary magazines, including Poets.org, Callaloo, The 2River View, Luna Luna Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Numero Cinq, The Missing Slate, and elsewhere. Her prose appears at The Long Story, Short Literary Journal, The Bitter Oleander Press, and more. Her short story The River received an Honorable Mention at Glimmer Train’s Open Fiction Contest. In 2016, she won the Sillerman Prize for African Poets and her full-length collection, FUCHSIA, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. Her poetry chapbook, BEHIND WALLS & GLASS, was published by Finishing Line Press. She is the founder of Anaphora Literary Arts, a non-profit organization working to advance the works of writers and artists of color; co-founder of the Ethiopian Artist Collective, and editor of black lioness press, an imprint of Tsehai Publishers. She is a contributing editor for Otis Books Press, and curates the digital content for Anaphora. Mahtem has served as the managing editor of Atlas and Alice Literary Magazine, the founding editor for The Bleeding Lion: A Journal of Arts and Letters. She is a 2017 jury member for the prestigious Neudstat International Prize for Literature, and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Her most recent work appears or is forthcoming at Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street Journal, Chaos Hermeneutics Journal, At Length, World Literature Today, and more. Her poems have been included in the anthologies Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles (Tia Chucha Press, 2016) and Leimert Park Voices Anthology (Harriet Tubman Imprint, 2017). Her second poetry collection is forthcoming in 2019. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.