Humanities Center Seeking Submissions for Somali Youth Anthology!
Stories connect us — across lived experiences, backgrounds, and generations. But what happens when the power of those stories is interrupted or silenced by war, displacement, or dominant culture?
Minnesota’s Somali communities reflect the resiliency and adaptation of storytelling traditions throughout the state. As a new generation of Somali writers and storytellers is rising, the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) is supporting community efforts to strengthen visibility and connections among Somali youth sharing their stories.
Under the direction of author and educator Marian Hassan, MHC is seeking submissions for an anthology of Somali youth writing and storytelling in a variety of formats. Somali Minnesotans aged 10-30 are encouraged to contribute their stories or original works that speak to themes such as:
- What it means to be Somali and Minnesotan
- Coping with loss and displacement
- Negotiating the charged identities of being Muslim and a third-culture person
Submissions do not need to be polished — feel free to submit anything from a work in progress to a piece that has been previously published. If selected for the second round, you’ll have a chance to work with community elders, storytellers, and experienced writers to perfect your piece and adapt it to the anthology format.
Remember, this opportunity is about telling your story – so submit it in the way that works best for you! You can send fiction, poetry, an interview of family/community members, original art, audio files, or whatever you feel best responds to the anthology’s themes. Submissions are welcomed in English or Somali.
We can’t WAIT to hear your stories!
Author: Kirk MacKinnon Morrow
Kirk MacKinnon Morrow is the Program Officer for the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Public Humanities program.