Biography

mywsRowyda 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 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 and international venues including 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 drfulminare.com.

She 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.