Nazifa Islam grew up in Novi, Michigan. Her poems and paintings have appeared in publications including Boston ReviewBlue Mesa ReviewGulf CoastEntropyThe Believer, and Beloit Poetry Journal; and her poetry collection Searching for a Pulse (2013) was published by Whitepoint Press.

Her writing is directly influenced by literature which she feels a significant connection to; she's currently working on both a series of Virginia Woolf found poems and a series of Sylvia Plath found poems. Both series aim to explore and examine the bipolar experience.


She earned her BA in English at the University of Michigan and her MFA at Oregon State University. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

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Goodreads Author Profile: www.goodreads.com/nazifa

Photo by Monica Phillips