Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer based in London. Born in 1988, Shire has read her work extensively in Britain and internationally, including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, America, and Kenya. Her debut pamphlet is Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (flipped eye). Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma, and Poetry Review and in the anthology The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt). In 2012 she represented Somalia at Poetry Parnassus. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.