Hafizah Geter

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Hafizah Geter
Literary Agent

Hafizah Geter is an award-winning and widely published Nigerian-American poet, writer, and editor born in Zaria, Nigeria. Hafizah grew up in Akron, Ohio and Columbia, South Carolina and received her BA in English and economics from Clemson University and an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago.

Before joining Janklow, Hafizah was most recently an Editor at Little A and Topple Books at Amazon Publishing, where her list included Hari Ziyad’s BLACK BOY OUT OF TIME, Susan Bernhard’s WINTER LOON, William Dameron’s THE LIE: A MEMOIR OF TWO MARRIAGES, CATFISHING & COMING OUT, Precious Brady Davis’s I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ME, Bobi Conn’s THROUGH THE SHADOW OF THE VALLEY, Marco Rafalà’s HOW FIRES END, a 2020 Connecticut Book Award finalist and honorable mention, and Melissa Faliveno’s TOMBOYLAND which was named one of New York Public Library and NPR’s Best Books of 2020.

As an agent who is also a writer, Hafizah is devoted to the line. She is interested in literary fiction and non-fiction that reveals something precise and up close about our world and our relationships. She loves complex thinkers who combine their obsessions with lyric and narrative attention. Hafizah is looking for writers who start conversations and challenge conventions. She loves a sad book as much as a funny one. She’s interested in stories that complicate the personal with the political, cultural, and/or historical in order to reveal new connections, and thus, fuller ways for us to be human—stories that investigate the intricacies and in-betweens of sex, gender, tenderness and cruelty, love and desire, intimacy and shame.

Hafizah is also the author of the debut poetry collection UN-AMERICAN from Wesleyan University Press (2020). Her poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Boston Review, Longreads, and McSweeney’s Indelible in the Hippocampus, among others. Through her writing, editorial work, and advocacy, she has a deep engagement with a number of organizations centered on writing and justice, including VONA/Voices, Bread Loaf, Cave Canem, and PEN America, and she has served on the board of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts.

As a queer Nigerian-American woman, and as the child of a Muslim-Nigerian immigrant and a Black American man born in Jim Crow Alabama, Hafizah is particularly keen to read stories from marginalized writers, especially African and Indigenous writers, and writers from the South. She is excited by narratives that, regardless of genre, address disability justice, environmental justice, or transgender justice in some way, and stories that push against Islamophobia, anti-Blackness, and heteronormativity. She believes, unequivocally, that Black lives matter. As an agent, writer, and human, Hafizah is in love with stories. She is looking to take on writers who feel the same.

Hafizah currently serves on the planning committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and lives with her wife in Brooklyn. Twitter: @RhetoricAndThis. www.hafizahgeter.com

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