Sillerman Prize For African Poetry


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Mahtem Shiferraw

Ethiopia/ United States

Mahtem Shiferraw is a poet, visual artist, and cultural activist. She grew up in Eritrea & Ethiopia. Her poems and prose have been published in various literary journals. She was nominated for Best of the Net in 2013, and her short story “The River” was a finalist at Glimmer Train Press Open Fiction. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.

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Clifton Gachagua


Lives in Nairobi, where he was born and raised and earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical science at Maseno University. His poetry has appeared in Kwani? 06 and Saraba. He recently finished work on a novel. He is also a scriptwriter and filmmaker, currently developing a French Nigerian feature-length film.

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Ladan Osman

Somalia/ United States

Received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Michener Center for Writers. A 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, Artful Dodge, Broadsided, Narrative Magazine, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, and Vinyl Poetry. She lives in Chicago.