Sumia Jaama is a poet, linguist, educator and coder. Winner of FourHubs’ 2018 Poetry Prize, she is a Barbican Young Poet Alumni and a recent graduate of the Creative Writing and Education MA at Goldsmith. She has been commissioned
numerous times by Royal Academy of Arts and Keats House Museum, having performed there as well as the Southbank Centre and Barbican Centre. Sumia has run creative writing and coding workshops in multiple spaces and programmes including Keats House’s Creative writing Summer School, The American School, Queen Mary University and Roundhouse.
Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer, and poet, based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New York Times. She is concerned with storytelling and how best she can connect with people to document their stories. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. In 2017, she was exhibited in Los Angeles, California. In 2018, her photography was featured in the fourth volume of African Lens and was exhibited in Accra, Ghana. She is a member of Octavia, poetry collective for womxn of colour, and is a former Barbican Young Poet.
Nancy Lazaro is a Tanzanian poet, author and youth development advocate. She is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow, and a 2016 Global Citizen Youth Advocate. In 2014, she was recognized by Tanzania Women Achievement Awards as a finalist in the promoting Arts and Culture category. She is the co-founder of La Poetista and she is also part of the steering committee for the Ebrahim Hussein Poetry Prize (EHPP). She holds a BA and MA from the University of Dar es Salaam; and a second MA Arts and Culture Management from Rome Business School. She is also the author of the book titled The Best is Found in You.