Warsan Shire is a writer, poet, editor and teacher. Born in Kenya in 1988 and raised in London to Somali parents, she has read her work extensively as an internationally touring poet. In 2014 she was appointed the first Young Poet Laureate for London. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and has published three chapbooks, ‘Teaching my Mother How to Give Birth’ (flipped eye, 2012), and 'Our Men Do Not Belong To Us' (2014, Prairie Schooner), and the forthcoming 'grief has it's blue hands in my hair' (flipped eye, 2015)
Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Wasafiri, Magma, and in anthologies ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011) and 'Ten: The New Wave' (Bloodaxe, 2014). In 2013 she won the Inaugural African Poetry Prize and in 2014 she was selected as Queensland, Australia's poet in residence where she spent six weeks collaborating with the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts.
Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Estonian and Swedish. She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine and teaches workshops internationally and online: using poetry to explore memory, voice and heal trauma.
Warsan lives in London and is working on her first full collection,