Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is a Black mother who writes.
She offers new visionings through the power of performance. She is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a monthly series that highlighted the creative feminine and non-binary energies of North Texans of the global majority across artistic disciplines. As a teaching artist and workshop facilitator, she’s skilled at using poetry to unlock imaginations in and out of classrooms. Her poems have been published in The Texas Observer, Entropy, The Boiler, Anthropology Now!, Bearing the Mask, and elsewhere. She has performed across Texas, and her work has been featured by WFAA, KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and others. For eight years, she has turned strangers into friends by offering poetry on demand with her typewriter in locations as varied as art galleries, birthday celebrations, universities, festivals, and sidewalks.
Her chapbook, Moon Woman, was published by Thoughtcrime Press in 2018. The following year her second chapbook, EVERYTHING GOOD IS DYING, was published by Deep Vellum Publishing. Her first full length collection, Dreams of Earth, is forthcoming from Deep Vellum. She works to co-create more just political ecosystems and grows food with her family in Oregon.