Heathen/Heather Derr-Smith in Prague. Photo by Velid Borjen


Heathen/Heather Derr-Smith is a genderqueer (any pronouns) Sufi poet with four books, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), the Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), Tongue Screw, (Spark Wheel Press, 2016) and Thrust, winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitisky Prize, published at Persea Books in 2017. They are the founder and director of Cuvaj se/Take Care, a nonprofit supporting writers in conflict zones and post-conflict recovery zones. S(he) divides her time between Iowa and Sarajevo, Bosnia.

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