Zainab Mahdi is a poet, writer and videographer of Somali-Canadian origin. A K-W local, she is currently an undergraduate Health Studies student at the University of Waterloo. Zainab first developed an interest in poetry after discovering spoken word, and has since competed and featured at numerous venues locally and across the GTA. Her writing typically explores themes of identity, intersectionality and the experiences of being a daughter of the diaspora. Zainab was the recipient of the University of Waterloo’s 2017 Albert Shaw Poetry Prize and is currently a columnist for The Community Edition.