Biography

Rowyda_1911_960x1280Rowyda Amin is the author of the poetry chapbooks Desert Sunflowers (flipped eye, 2014) and We Go Wandering at Night and Are Consumed by Fire (Sidekick Books,2017)

Her poems have appeared in the New England Review, Poetry Review, Magma and Wasafiri, and in the anthologies Ten (Bloodaxe Books 2010), Bad Kid Catullus (Sidekick Books, 2017), Aquanauts (Sidekick Books, 2017), No, Robot, No! (Sidekick Books, 2018), 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 has won the Venture Award for poetry chapbooks from Flipped Eye Press and the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize for poetry. The venues at which she has performed include the Ledbury Poetry Festival, the Westbeth Artists’ Community, the Brighton Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Festival Hall. She has a master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature from the University of London and has reviewed books for Modern Poetry in Translation, the Poetry Book Society website and Wasafiri.

Rowyda was born in Newfoundland, Canada to parents of Saudi Arabian and Irish origin, has lived in Riyadh and London and is now based in New York City. Her name is pronounced Roe-why-da A-meen.