Literary Bridges (Cracked Walnut) presents "Love: A Universal Language"

Literary Bridges (Cracked Walnut) presents "Love: A Universal Language," celebrating February the month of love and of Black history. After reading a selection of online Somalian-American writing on "Sunday Lyricality," host Donna Isaac states, "These writers enrich our lives with their poetry, their stories, and their work in the community. I am so happy that they will gather to share their voices under the theme of love."

The reading will take place in person (please be masked and vaccinated) at Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, MN, matinee time: 2:00-3:30 p.m., February 6th. Light refreshments served. Donations requested for readers and costs (optional).
Khadijo Abdi is a writer, translator, and medical interpreter. Her collection of poems, A Life in Places, is about her memories of surviving war in her birth country, Somalia, and her experiences being uprooted every three years in Kenya as a refugee until her family resettled in Lansing, Michigan. She has a BA in Business Administration from Davenport University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Augsburg. Her writing appears in Lyricality, and the Minnesota Women’s Press. She currently lives in Minneapolis and likes to share cat memes on the internet, drink coffee with friends, and nurture a growing collection of house plants.

Halima Hagi-Mohamed is a Minnesota based Somali-American writer who was born in Kenya and grew up in California. Her work deals with themes of identity, culture, and rediscovery and has been published in Hargeisa Magazine, Lyricality, The Nation of Poets, Muslim Fiction Space, and more. She is the author of Amilah, a collection of short stories, and Warda Means Rose, a novel.

Samira Hussein is from Seattle but now calls the state of 10,000 lakes home. She is a student at Saint Cloud State University and is the author of The Queendom of Araweelo. Samira is an educator, writer, poet, and storyteller who loves to read, hike, and enjoy nature. She lives by the quote: "What's meant for you will never miss you." 

Hudda Ibrahim has extensive expertise in training, teaching, and curriculum development, graduating from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, majoring in conflict resolution and English literature. She earned a Master's degree in conflict resolution from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education and Leadership degree at Saint Mary's University. She is the author of From Somalia to Snow, What Color is My Hijab? and Lula Wants to Wear a Badge. Recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship (2019) and an Initiators Fellowship from the Greater MN Initiative Foundation (2017), she teaches at St. Cloud Technical/ Community College, specializing in diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and unconscious bias; she is a certified trainer through Franklin Covey and Cornell University.  
Abdi Mahad holds a Master's in teaching English as a second language from St. Cloud University and a Bachelor's in business management. He has devoted his professional life to the relentless pursuits of equity and excellence in education for children and youth, designing the first Somali language curriculum available in the U.S. Abdi continues to customize curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for diverse learners and cultures. He provides training sessions and translates employee handbooks, orientation materials, and "good manufacturing practices into the Somali language" and offers on-the-job work ethics training for immigrant and refugee employees. 

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Sunday, February 6, 2022 - 2:00pm
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