Born in Somalia, Fartumo Kusow immigrated to Canada at the start of the civil war. Her latest novel, Tale of a Boon’s Wife, was published in Canada by Second Story Press in October 2017 with critical reviews by the likes of Harvard Review, Booklist, and This Magazine. Her first novel, Amran, was serialized in October Star, Mogadishu: Somali National Press in 1984. Since her arrival in Canada in 1991 she has earned a B. Arts Honours in English Language and Literature and B. Education from the University of Windsor. She now teaches English literature courses for the Greater Essex County District School Board. A mother of five adult children, she lives in Windsor, Ontario.