Congratulations to our 2019 Best of the Net nominees!

Exciting news - Animal Heart Press is delighted to announce our 2019 Best of the Net nominees!

Mela Blust, oh mother

Kate Garrett, Scrying

Siham Karami, Not All Forests Are Alike

Catherine Garbinsky, A Spell of Emptiness & Light

Congratulations to our nominees!

Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu's Inspirational Playlist

On her final day as Featured Artist, Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu shared some songs that get her creatively inspired. Grab your pen, hit play, and see where this inspirational playlist takes you!

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A Reflection on Metaphor in Poetry with Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu

Today, Featured Artist Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu reflects on metaphor, and its place in poetry.

There was once a time in my writing when I felt that metaphors were the most important things in
poetry. I love metaphors, I believe in them. But day by day as I come across various kinds of poems in various forms and styles, I am drawn to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, metaphors aren't the most important thing in poetry.
There's such a thing as the fabric of a poem. What is it made of? Does it harden to the touch of the
tongue? Does it repel itself from the heart? Does it soften to its reader? Does it have the ability to drawthe reader into a new, different mood? All of these gather to contribute to the success of the poem.
Upon close introspection, I have come to the conclusion that this is the mood of the poem, as I like to call it. And so everytime I write a poem, I find myself examining it to feel its mood, because this is the closest I can get to knowing whether or n…

New Poetry from Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu

Wildlings, today we have a beautiful, heartbreaking new poem from Featured Artist Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu. 

what becomes of echoes? 
attheairport, peopletroopin,out-- aprocessionoflife inclothesandstrides.
thereareTVs,too, displayingthemanywoundsoftheworld
ofcourse,nonedisplaystheworldoftheman sittingthereinathickfogofsorrow

Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu On The Books That Shaped Her Writing

Today Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu shares with us her reflection on the books that shaped her as a writer.
“When I'm asked about my mentors, or people who have shaped my evolution and growth as a writerand even as a human being, the first thing that comes to mind is books. 
Books have held my hand through life, through long nights filled with so much darkness I can't find my own hand, and through days filled with so much light I do not know what to do with it. Without books, I'd have been completely lost.  I still remember the day I discovered the magic that is Safia Elhillo. That day after I read a particular poem of hers online, I was wild with an intense kind of gratitude. I call it gratitude because I was grateful for the gift. Beforethen, I didn't know that I was allowed to write poems like that. Safia Elhillo's poetry held me softly by the heart and said "child, you can write whatever you want to write. If that happens to include poems about your identity as a Muslim…

A Conversation with Featured Artist Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu

Today, Animal Heart Press Managing Editor Amanda McLeod and Featured Artist Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu discuss how we came to poetry, and using our words in pursuit of our ideals.

Amanda McLeod: How did you come to poetry? 
Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu: Poetry came to me in disguise, I'd like to say. My first form of writing was prose, and I still do that from time to time. Poetry came later when I tried to express myself in a slightly different form. It took me months to realize that I was writing poems, in fact.

AM:I came to poetry in almost exactly the same way - as a prose writer looking for a way to express things that weren’t working in prose form. What do you think it is about poetry that allows it to fill those gaps? 
I think poetry offers a sort of brevity and closed intimacy, and an avenue for therapeutic vulnerability in a way that prose doesn't quite give. And while it is true that sometimes a poet finds herself considering delving into prose because poetry isn't affording her the…

Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu Reads For Us!

Today, wildings, our Featured Artist Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu reads three stunning poems for Animal Heart Press. If you loved her introductory poem, you'll adore these!

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