About Mawiyah Bonmani

Mawiyah Kai EL-Jamah Bomani is a native New Orleanian Writer and Spirit Woman. Mawiyah’s writings have appeared in The Crab Orchard Review, Dark Eros, Catch The Fire, Freeform Magazine, Beyond The Frontier, Kente Cloth, Fertile Ground, Family Portraits, Chicken Bones: A Literary Journal, Survival Digest Quarterly, From A Bend In The River, Thicker Than Water, The House of Misfit’s Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, and Women’s Issues and Feminism in the 21st Century. She is co-writer/director of the play Brown Blood Black Womb. She is also writer of the plays Spring Chicken, Crows Feet, Bourbon and Hair Anthem. Mawiyah is an educator, Egun Medium, Priestess of OYA in the Yoruba system of spirituality and she is addressed divinely as Iyalorisha Aboyade. In the Fall of 2008 Mawiyah received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Mawiyah has her bachelors in Print-Journalism from Southern University at New Orleans and a teaching certificate in Special Education from the University of New Orleans. Mawiyah currently lives, writes, and conducts Orisa rituals and merindinlogun readings in Shreveport, Louisiana.