Jamila Osman is a Somali poet and essayist from Portland, Oregon. A public school teacher for many years, she is now an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa. She has received fellowships from Caldera, Djerassi, and the MacDowell Colony. She was the winner of the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and the Adirondack Review’s 46er Prize for Poetry. Some of her work can be found in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Teen Vogue, and numerous other publications and anthologies. Her first chapbook, A Girl is a Sovereign State, was published in fall 2020 by Akashic Books.