Warda Yassin is an award-winning British born Somali poet and secondary school teacher based in Sheffield. She was a winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize for her debut pamphlet Tea with Cardamom (Poetry Business, published 2019). Her poetry has been published in places like The North, Magma and Oxford Poetry, and anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press), Anthology X (Smith|Doorstep), More Fiyah (Cannongate) & Surfing the Twilight (Hive). She won 2020 Womens Poet Prize and was the Sheffield Poet Laureate from 2020-2022. She is a member of Hive poetry collective.
Warda Published in Spit Out the Myth
Warda Yassin is one of three Sheffield poets published in the anthology Spit Out the Myth, a collaboration between Off the Shelf and The Poetry Business.
With Danae Wellington and Sile Sabanda, and an introduction by Désirée Reynolds, the collection resulted from the 2021 event Black Women Write Now for Off the Shelf (which Reynolds curated). The poems in the book bring to life stories of migration and change, explored through family roots, mythical tales and life in the City of Sheffield. You can pre-order the book now. There is a launch event on October 27th at the Millennium Gallery.