Somali poet and teacher who has garnered international acclaim for works like 2011's Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth and 2015's Her Blue Body. In 2013, she received Brunel University's African Poetry Prize.
She and her family emigrated to the United Kingdom when she was a toddler. She developed a passion for poetry as a teenager after joining a youth club.
In 2014, she was chosen as Queensland, Australia's poet in residence.
She has siblings named Saaid, Samawado, Suban and Salma.
Excerpt from her poetry was featured heavily in Beyonce's 2016 visual album Lemonade.