Hafizah Geter is a Nigerian-American poet, writer, and literary agent born in Zaria, Nigeria. Called "one of 2020's buzziest poets" by Marie Claire, Hafizah is the author of the debut poetry collection UN-AMERICAN from Wesleyan University Press (September 2020), nominated for a 2021 NAACP Image award, a finalist for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and which received a Starred Review from Publisher's Weekly. Roxane Gay calls the poems "incisive" and "devastating." Claudia Rankine calls UN-AMERICAN a "gorgeous debut" that "troubles and reshapes notions of belonging."
Hafizah’s nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB Magazine, The Believer, Paris Review, Longreads, Roxane Gay's GAY Magazine, Yale Review, and McSweeney’s Indelible in the Hippocampus. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Boston Review, among others.
Hafizah serves on the Brooklyn Literary Council and as the poetry committee co-chair for the Brooklyn Book Festival. She is a Cave Canem poetry fellow, a VONA/Voices nonfiction fellow, a Bread Loaf 2021 Katherine Bakeless nonfiction fellow, a 2018 92Y Women in Power Fellow, and the recipient of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. She's previously worked at Cave Canem, Poets House, and PEN America, and served on the board of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. She received her BA in English and economics from Clemson University and an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago.
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