Asiya Wadud (b.1981) is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Washington, DC. She recently completed a collection of poems, crosslight for youngbird (Nightboat Books, 2018), which, against the backdrop of the European refugee crisis, probes the limits of various borders and mother tongue, as well as notions of home, exile, and return.

She published my little nothings form a mouth, The Felt (May 2016); Jamila The Recluse (June 2016); Calais, onward, The Recluse (June 2016); , conversations from empire, PEN Poetry Series (November 2016), the dog god, Rattle (January 2017), and Lida meet lorry, SUBLEVEL, Issue #1 Contagion (February 2017). Her chapbook, we, too, are but the fold, is forthcoming from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs later in 2017. Readings include the Poetry Project New Year’s Day Marathon Reading (2017) and EARSHOT! Reading Series, Over the Eight (2016).

Her residencies and awards include Emily Dickinson House Residency, Olsene, Belgium (2017); Brooklyn Poets Fellow, New York, NY (2016); Scholarship from Home School Hudson, Hudson, New York (2016); and Partial Scholarship from Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy (2009). She was a finalist of the 2016 Nightboat Prize for Poetry. She received her M.A. in City and Regional Planning and African Studies from UC Berkeley.


Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

conversation from empire, excerpt from crosslight for youngbird. This poem appears in the PEN Poetry Series, November 2016