Safia Elhillo, 42nd Annual ODU Literary Festival


Safia Elhillo

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Theatre

Author/Artist Bio

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). Sudanese by way of Washington, D.C., and a Cave Canem fellow, she holds an MFA from The New School. Elhillo received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She received Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship in 2019 and the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship in 2018. In addition to appearing in journals and anthologies, her work has been translated into Arabic, Japanese, Estonian, Portuguese and Greek, and was commissioned by Under Armour and the Bavarian State Ballet. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019).


Elhillo's reading of The January Children took place on Monday, October 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the University Theatre.


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