Friday, November 8, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm

What does it mean to live out hospitality? Featured poet and storyteller Sagirah Shahid has participated in and led many collaborative public arts events and performances.

She and collaborators Ifrah Mansour, Nimo Farah, Muna Abdulahi, Yaba Gobana and Zainab Youngmark will immerse you in a multisensory, multimedia evening that will widen your lens on our fall theme.

Learn more about the Fall 2019 Featured Poet Sagirah Shahid.




Sagirah Shahid is a Black Muslim arts educator, poet and performance artist whose work seeks to make sense of the complexities of being human. Her many awards include a 2015 Loft Mentor Series Award in Poetry, a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, a 2017 Minnesota Center for Book Arts mentorship award, and Our Space is Spoken Fora public arts and performance fellowship. Sagirah has collaborated with many groups, including the Minnesota Orchestra and public arts project Nicollet Lanterns, which transformed poems into functional sculptural lanterns.


Muna Abdulahi

Muna Abdulahi is a Spoken Word Poet based in Minneapolis. She is ranked the 8th woman poet in the world from the 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Competition. As well as the 2018 MN Grand Slam Champion. In her work, she explores many themes of belonging and identity, particularly in the context of migration and nationality. As a writer/poet, Muna pushes herself to tell the stories that are erased, silenced, devalued, or buried, the stories that are difficult, the stories that bring together communities, youth, and discussions.

Nimo H. Farah

Artist and activist Nimo H. Farah has shared her poetry and short stories in several publications and venues. Co-founder of SALLI (Somali Arts Language & Leadership Institute), which promotes Somali arts and literature in Minnesota, she is a 2014 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, a 2014 Bush Fellow, a recipient of 2015 Intermedia Arts VERVE grant, and a 2016 National Arts Strategies Fellow.


Yaba Gobana is an Oromo/Egyptian visual and musical artist currently based in Fridley, Minnesota.  She has sung in various Minneapolis community events including Twin Cities World Refugee Day and Day of Dignity.  Her visual artworks explore the interwovenness of her two cultures and serve as a way for her to find a connection to her roots while growing up in suburbia and provide representation for 2nd generation black and brown girls. View a gallery of Yaba’s paintings.


Ifrah Mansour is a Somali, refugee, Muslim, multimedia artist and an educator based in Minnesota. Her artwork explores trauma through the eyes of children to uncover the resiliencies of blacks, Muslims, and refugees. She interweaves poetry, puppetry, films, and installations. She’s been featured in BBC, Vice, OkayAfrica, Star Tribune, and City Pages. Her critically-acclaimed “How to Have Fun in a Civil War” premiered at Guthrie Theatre and toured to greater cities in Minnesota. Her first national museum exhibition; “Can I touch it” premiered at Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her visual poem, “I am a Refugee” is part of PBS’s short Film festival. “My Aqal, banned and blessed” Premiered at Queens Museum in New York.

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