Jamila Osman

Jamila presented at Tender Table on April 14, 2018 at In Other Words in Portland, OR.

Photo courtesy of Jamila Osman

Photo courtesy of Jamila Osman


Jamila Osman is a Somali writer, educator, and organizer living in Portland, Oregon. Her writing explores the tension between place, history, and identity.


One sentence to describe yourself and where you came from: From Somalia and from take-no-shit women

What will you be presenting on? Kitchen ghosts. Cooking with my ancestors in the room.

Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: Always rinse the rice before making it.

If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Stir fry

Favorite food: It's a tie between sambusas and margherita pizza

Recommended reading: Averno by Louise Gluck

Best meals: Shared meals.

Food you’d like to try: Dragon fruit

Additional comments: Once a friend said "sugar goes against the natural order of the universe" and I think about that a lot.