Ladan Osman is a Somali-American poet and teacher. Her poetry is centered on her Somali and Muslim heritage and has been published in a number of prominent literary magazines. In 2014, she was awarded the annual Sillerman First Book Prize for her collection "The Kitchen Dweller's Testimony." Her next book, "Exiles of Eden," is to be published by Coffee House Press in 2019.
Osman earned a bachelor's degree from Otterbein University, in Westerville, Ohio. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin's Michener Center for Writers. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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