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Hafizah Geter

AL Major
Hafizah Geter is an award-winning Nigerian-American poet, writer, and editor born in Zaria, Nigeria. She grew up in Akron, Ohio and Columbia, South Carolina and received her BA in English and economics from Clemson University and an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Before joining Janklow, Hafizah was most recently an Editor at Little A and Topple Books, where her list included Hari Ziyad’s BLACK BOY OUT OF TIME, Susan Bernhard’s WINTER LOON, William Dameron’s THE LIE: A MEMOIR OF TWO MARRIAGES, CATFISHING & COMING OUT, Precious Brady Davis’s I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ME, Bobi Conn’s THROUGH THE SHADOW OF THE VALLEY, Marco Rafalà’s HOW FIRES END, a 2020 Connecticut Book Award finalist and honorable mention, and Melissa Faliveno’s TOMBOYLAND which was named one of New York Public Library and NPR’s Best Books of 2020. Hafizah is particularly keen to read stories from marginalized writers, especially African, Muslim, and Indigenous writers, and writers from the South. She is excited by narratives that, regardless of genre, engage with disability justice, environmental justice, or transgender justice, and stories that push against Islamophobia, anti-Blackness, and heteronormativity. She believes, unequivocally, that Black lives matter. Hafizah is in love with stories and is looking to take on writers who feel the same.