Tabs open on your screen right now:
Pocket, Mint, these VERY CUTE SHOES I am considering on ASOS.com, Netflix (Episode 9 of Luke Cage), CheapAir.com, and a yellow dress on the Zara website that I also am considering (possibly for a Beyoncé “Hold Up”costume for Halloween, even???)

If you had to brag about yourself:
I’ve drawn symmetrical winged eyeliner in the following locations, among many (more comfortable) others: the bathroom at JFK airport, the bathroom at O’Hare airport, the bathroom at Dulles airport, the bathroom at Penn Station, my seat on a Spirit Airlines deathtrap flight, a rowboat on the Potomac River.

Your writer crush:
Anne Carson! Solmaz Sharif! Etel Adnan!

Favorite lyric:
An Abdelhalim Hafez lyric which translates to “reassure me, how is the browngirl (al-asmarani), what has distance done to her?”

Any place in the world:
Grandma’s kitchen table in Khartoum. Also, Zanzibar. Also, with a plate of olives in Barcelona near a Gaudi house. And still, New York, after everything

Best breakfast:
Turkey bacon egg and cheese on a poppy seed bagel with salt/pepper/ketchup from the bodega <3

Favorite online places right now:
DJ Khaled’s Snapchat

Sweetest thing:
Cold fruit

Least impressive thing about you:
I can’t wink

Favorite space to write:
In bed

What should we know:
Coffee grounds burned over a piece of coal will repel flies

Guilty literary pleasure:
Cookbook memoirs

Best book nobody talks about:
I can’t say that nobody talks about this book because the homie José Olivarez and I talk about this book maybe every day, but: Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera.

Character (TV, book, movie) you most identify with:
Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter

Last time you lied:
Just now

The lie:
“Sorry, I just saw this message”

Question you secretly want to be asked:
Anything about turmeric soap

The answer:

SAFIA ELHILLO’s first full-length collection, The January Children, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press in 2017. Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she received an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator. In addition to appearing in several journals and anthologies including “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop,” her work has been translated into Arabic and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, Safia is co-editor of the anthology “Halal If You Hear Me.”