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Yusuf highlighted by Trinity College


Raised in a nomadic upbringing, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf is the author of two books:

  • "Gorgorkii Yimi" a collection of short stories in Somali;
  • "Somalis in Minnesota" with the Minnesota Historical Society.

His short stories appeared in:

  • Bildhaan: an International Journal of Somali studies
  • Mizna: an Arab-American literary magazine
  • Warscapes: an online literary magazine. 

Academic papers include:

  • Journal of Muslim Mental Health;
  • Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology;
  • International Society for Traumatic-stress Studies
  • Psychiatry times; and other works in Somali media.

Two plays: One has come to life at the MN History theater. The next, "A Crack in the Sky" is expected to take the stage in the coming year.

Ahmed’s next book, “The Lion’s Binding Oath and Other Stories,” a collection of short stories will be released in August 2018.

Mr. Yusuf has a B.S. in creative writing and psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut; and an MPA (Master of Public Affairs) from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota.   

Photographers: Scott Streble and Jessica Bessette