Rowyda_017Rowyda Amin was born in Newfoundland, Canada to parents of Saudi Arabian and Irish origin. She has lived in Riyadh and London and is now based in Stamford, Connecticut. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Desert Sunflowers.

Rowyda won first prize in the 2012 Venture Award for poetry chapbooks from Flipped Eye Press.  In 2009, she was awarded the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for poetry. Rowyda has performed at many UK venues including the 2011 Ledbury Poetry Festival, the Brighton Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Festival Hall.

Her poems have appeared in several magazines, including Poetry Review, Magma and Wasafiri, and in the anthologies Ten (Bloodaxe Books 2010), Bird Book : Towns, Parks, Gardens and Woodland, (Sidekick Books, 2011), Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press, 2012), Coin Opera (Sidekick Books, 2009) and Exposure (Cinnamon Press,2010).

Rowyda is currently a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London, where she is completing a Ph.D thesis on the topic of ‘Identity in Arab Diaspora Fiction’ .  She has reviewed books for Modern Poetry in Translation, the Poetry Book Society website and