Foundation Board Member
Maryam Gabriel-Imam (pronouns they/she) is an Egyptian poet, scholar, singer-songwriter, translator, and disabled drag performer. They hold a masters in Middle Eastern Studies from the City University of New York, and they until very recently taught History at Rosemary Anderson High in Portland, OR for two years. They are also the up-and-coming bilingual drag performer and activist, Baba Yusef. They are also one half of the poetry-music band collaboration Yusef Wolf. Their current focus includes writing about home as absence, land as space that speaks, solidarities and community lovemaking, and interrogating while reshaping what it means to heal as a postcolonial body. Maryam is also working on their first and forthcoming poetry chapbook, Pynk Volvo Blue Apocalypse (2020).