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Canceled: Author: Said Shaiye in conversation

Saturday, 1/22/2022
2:00 - 3:30

Due to unforeseen circumstance, this program has been canceled. Thank you for your interest in our programs, and patience during this time.

Said Shaiye reads from his new book, Are You Borg Now?. After the reading, Shaiye discusses the book, with an audience Q&A to follow.

"’You gotta find reflections of yourself however you can to survive this country,’ writes Said Shaiye in this innovative Afrofuturist memoir. Are You Borg Now cyphers with trauma through a poetics of refusal via hard and beautiful language. Finding vigor in Islam and mirrors in Star Trek: Voyager, Shaiye shifts achingly between memory and improvisation. This is a serious debut." - Douglas Kearney, Author of Sho

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Said Shaiye is an Autistic Somali writer from Seattle who now lives in Minneapolis. Shaiye is an MFA Candidate & Graduate Instructor at the University of Minnesota. Shaiye has published poetry & prose in 580 Split, Entropy, Diagram, Rigorous and elsewhere. Shaiye’s debut book, Are You Borg Now?, was released by Really Serious Literature. It's an experimental memoir with elements of poetry, self-interview, photography & more.

Purchase Are You Borg Now? from the Museum of African Diaspora Bookstore


Said Shaiye – Website

This event is a partnership with the Museum of African Diaspora

Engage with your favorite writers and discover your next read.

Connect to engaging discussions and performances related to the Black community.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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