Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a monthly series spotlighting the creative feminine and non-binary POC energies of North Texas. Prior to the apocalypse, she often used her typewriter to birth poems for strangers on sidewalks, at farmer’s markets, pop-up festivals, and at celebrations across Texas. As a teaching artist, she’s skilled at using poetry to unlock the imaginations of children in and out of classrooms. Her poems have been published in The Texas Observer, Entropy, The Boiler, Anthropology Now!, Bearing the Mask, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured by WFAA, KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and others. 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, Sounds of the Earth’s Hands, is forthcoming from Deep Vellum in 2022.