photo: Les Talusan

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a Philadelphia area based poet and visual artist who was born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US. Recipient of the 2016 Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, her poetry has appeared in publications, such as SALT Journal, SAMAR, Apiary, Dusie and Mizna, and can be found in anthologies, including Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2005), Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Beacon Press, 2005) and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press, 2008). Sham-e-Ali has performed her poetry both locally & internationally. She is currently working on her forthcoming book of poetry The City of Pearls (UpSet Press 2017).