NEWSBRIEF: Minnesota Humanities Center and Somali community partner to produce youth anthology

Minnesota Municipal Power Agency recently installed a solar array at North High School as part of the Hometown Solar Grant program. submitted photo

The Minnesota Humanities Center, in collaboration with Somali author and educator Marian Hassan, is seeking submissions for a first-of-its-kind Minnesota Somali Youth Anthology.

The anthology will be edited by Hassan and will include the authentic, first-hand stories of Minnesota’s Somali youth, ages 10 through 30, around ideas like: what it means to be American, coping with loss and displacement, negotiating the charged identities of being a Muslim and a third-culture person and much more.

“As a documentation of experiences for Somali youth, my hopes for the anthology are that it will start intergenerational dialogue to facilitate teaching and learning across the generations,” says Hassan. “I hope the anthology will also be a learning and teaching tool for the larger community about the Somali people and their resilience as people from a culture of enduring faith in the face of all challenges.” 

The Humanities Center believes that the anthology will serve as a necessary act of self-representation for Somali youth in a challenging time when their multiple identities are often vilified. Through stories and storytelling, these youth will take inspiration and realize the power of their voices by sharing their experiences in a variety of creative formats, collected together as a tapestry of experience.

Submissions in Somali or English will be accepted until March 30  in a variety of formats — written, audio, visual, etc. For more information and submission guidelines visit

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