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.

She has long been fascinated by literature that is preoccupied with mental illness and the existential. Writers she admires, identifies with, and who are perpetually influencing her work include Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. She attempts to dissect, examine, and explore the bipolar experience through her writing. To that end, she is currently working on both a series of Virginia Woolf found poems and a series of Sylvia Plath found poems.

Nazifa 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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