Rowyda 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 New York City. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks Desert Sunflowers and We Go Wandering at Night and Are Consumed by Fire.
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 Ledbury Poetry Festival, the Brighton Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Festival Hall.
Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including 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 reviewed books for Modern Poetry in Translation, the Poetry Book Society website and drfulminare.com.
Her name is pronounced Roe-why-da A-meen.