Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is a Black mother who writes. 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. Prior to the collapse, 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 ObserverEntropy, The BoilerAnthropology 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 2023.