Husnaa Hashim is the 2017-2018 Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. She is a rising first year student at the University of Pennsylvania from West Philadelphia by way of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Husnaa has been writing for over 8 years, and was first published at the age of 10. Since, she has gone on to compete with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, place 1st in the Free Library Teen Poetry Slam, perform at the Muslim Congress Conference, the Black Muslim Psychology Conference, the Philadelphia Flower Show, and receive recognitions including a National American Voices Medal awarded at Carnegie Hall, a National Gold Medal, 4 Gold Keys, 6 Silver Keys, and 10+ Honorable Mentions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. 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. For 2 years she served as a Student Group Leader for the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia’s youth initiative “Walking the Walk,” and most recently served 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.