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Said Shaiye is depicted in the photo above. He is a Black man wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses and is wearing a blue shirt with white, pink, and light blue stripes. and is smiling. The background is snow with a series of houses.


Said Shaiye (he/him) is an Autistic Somali Writer & Photographer who lives in Minneapolis. His debut book, Are You Borg Now?, was named a 2022 Minnesota Book Award Finalist in Creative Nonfiction & Memoir.

He has published poetry & prose in Indiana Review, Texas Review, Obsidian, Brittle Paper, Pithead Chapel, 580 Split, Entropy, Diagram, and elsewhere.

He has contributed essays to the anthologies Muslim American Writers at Home and We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World.

He holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Graduate Instructor of Creative Writing, as well as a Judd International Research Fellow. 

He is a 2023 Loft Mirrors & Windows Fellow, where he is working on several children’s book manuscripts.

He teaches writing at various colleges in the Twin Cities area, as well as with Unrestricted Interest, an organization dedicated to fostering a love of self expression in Autistic children.

Please contact Sophie Jefferson for all booking inquiries: sophiejeffersonlit.com

Find him and his book/writing online at: https://www.saidshaiye.com/

Borg: https://www.redballoonbookshop.com/book/9780578915463 OR wherever books are sold online

Essay On Ableism & Writing Advice: https://brittlepaper.com/2022/03/on-ableism-and-writing-advice-said-shaiye-essay/

FB: http://facebook.com/kimodo.shaiye