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Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir is Communications Director of Freedom to Marry, and serves on the boards of the National Black Justice Coalition and Fire & Ink: A Writers Festival for GLBT People of African Descent. She is the author of Where the Apple Falls: Poems, editor of Best Black Women's Erotica 2 and co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art.

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Samiya Bashir's Biography

Samiya Bashir is the author of Where the Apple Falls: Poems (finalist for the Lambda Literary Award), and editor of Best Black Women's Erotica 2 and co-editor of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. She is the author of two chapbook poetry collections: Wearing Shorts on the First Day of Spring and American Visa. A former editor at print and online publications including Ms. Magazine, Black Issues Book Review, Curve, NiaOnline.com and others, her poetry, stories, articles and essays have been featured in numerous publications including: Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam; Obsidian III; Cave Canem #7; Kuumba #4; Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint; Contemporary American Women Poets; Best Lesbian Erotica 03; Best of the Best Lesbian Erotica; The San Francisco Bay Guardian; Vibe; Seventeen; XXL; Essence; Lambda Book Report; and The American Journal of Public Health.

Currently, Samiya serves as the Communications Director of Freedom to Marry. Prior to joining Freedom to Marry, Samiya was Communications Director for The Balm In Gilead, Inc., an international HIV/AIDS organization. Samiya has also run her own communications and editorial consulting firm, serving clients such as the Avery Institute for Social Change, the Harm Reduction Coalition, Columbia University, the Women's Sports Foundation, the American Public Health Association, the New York Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center and more. She is an alumnus of Cave Canem: African American Poets Workshop/Retreat, and has also lent her communications and editorial expertise to a number of arts and community organizations. Samiya is a member of the board of the National Black Justice Coalition and is a founding organizer and board member of Fire & Ink: A Writers Festival for GLBT People of African Descent. Her work has been reprinted internationally and she has read her poetry to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. In 2002, Samiya was awarded the Lesbian Poetry Award from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Bashir has won numerous awards for her poetry since serving as Poet Laureate of the University of California during her studies.


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