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Fayise Abrahim Giant Steps

Fayise Abrahim

Born into a refugee family of farmers from East Africa, Fayise, or she heals in Oromo, asks what it means to break exile poems for survival. Raised in Southwest, MN she writes poetry, and memoir that focuses on rural life from the world views, and experiences of rural community of color, mostly migrant, refugee and Indigenous. By charting veins of love across a multitude of homes and lands, Fayise inherits both crisis and wisdom—keeping one foot in the old country and one in the new. Her work does not shy away from first and second generation disputes regarding identity and explores themes of displacement, humor, memory, trust, family, unusual community, and citizenship. She is currently the Organizing and Training Director at Voices for Racial Justices and dreams towards cultural justice in our social movements.