Raised in a nomadic upbringing, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf is the author of three books: Gorgorkii Yimi, a collection of short stories in Somali, The Lion’s Binding Oath, a collection of short stories in English, and Somalis in Minnesota. His play A Crack in the Sky was produced at the History Theatre in Saint Paul, and others were performed at Pangea as well as Mixed Blood Theatre. He has a bachelor of science degree 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.

William Burleson