A. Shaikh


is a queer immigrant poet raised in the tangerine summers of Texas. They are the 2021 winner of THE BOILER PRIZE , an inaugural fellow of the Strange Tools Writer's Workshop, and an Aquarius who loves the color blue. Their Honors thesis, This Body A Mirror Of Me ,was awarded Highest Honors. After graduating with a B.A in English from Kenyon College, they are excited to keep writing as an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program. You can find their poems in Underblong, Poets.org and elsewhere. Their internet thoughts reside @apricotpoet. When not online, A. Shaikh is probably daydreaming and/or giving their partner a kiss.

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