“To live poetry is better than to write it.” — BASHO

Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir is the author of Gospel (RedBone Press, 2009), finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2009 Lambda Literary Award, and Where the Apple Falls (RedBone Press, 2005), a Poetry Foundation bestseller and finalist for the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Bashir is editor of Best Black Women’s Erotica 2 (Cleis Press, 2003) and co-editor, with Tony Medina and Quraysh Ali Lansana, of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art (Third World Press, 2002).

Bashir’s poetry, stories, articles, and editorial work have been featured in numerous publications, and her awards include grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Hopwood Program, the Astraea Foundation, the National Association of Pen Women, the University of California, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, University of Michigan, Soul Mountain Writers Colony, The Austin Project, Alma de Mujer, the James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Cave Canem, among others.

For over a decade, Bashir worked as a social justice communications professional and was a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, a writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent. Most recently, she was owner and principal consultant of Lead Time Consulting, specializing in communications for nonprofits and arts organizations. She currently lives amidst the Ann Arbor trees beneath which she teaches writing at the University of Michigan.