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: 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.