Husnaa Hashim is the 2017-2018 Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, and author of the poetry collection Honey Sequence. She is a first year student at the University of Pennsylvania from West Philadelphia by way of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Husnaa has been writing and publishing since the age of ten. She has competed with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, placed first in the Free Library Teen Poetry Slam, performed at the Muslim Congress Conference, the Black Muslim Psychology Conference, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has received 20+ recognitions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, including a National American Voices Medal awarded at Carnegie Hall. Husnaa is the recipient of a 2018 “Dare to Understand” Award from Interfaith Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in RookieMag, KidSpirit Online, New Moon Girls Media, the Kenyon Young Writers Anthology, the Voices of the East Coast Anthology, and APIARY 9, among others. Previously, she’s served as a Student Group Leader for Interfaith Philadelphia’s youth initiative “Walking the Walk,” and as a Teen Council member for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. She enjoys making flower crowns and spending time with her cat, Maya (Angelou) Luna.