Educator, poet, playwright and filmmaker Said Salah Ahmed fled Somalia during the Civil War and came to the Twin Cities in the early 1990s. He since founded a Somali theatre group called “Ilays” (which means ‘light’) and wrote for them a play titled “Cultural Approach for Human Connection,” which toured the Midwest to raise awareness of diverse cultures among Americans living in small and semi-rural towns. He wrote “The Lion’s Share” for the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Somali Bilingual Book Project, which was also the basis for his play, “The Lion’s Tale: Somali Folktales” which he produced for Steppingstone Theater. Said Salah Ahmed was the 2005 winner of the Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Service established by the McKnight Foundation. The award recognizes dedicated contributions to human development. He is the first immigrant to win that award since it was created in 1985.
Readings by Somali Writers
Said Salah Ahmed—The Lion’s Share; and Anwar Maxamed Diiriye—Literature of Somali Onomastics & Proverbs with Comparison of Foreign Sayings.
The Lion's Share: Qayb Libaax, Retold by Said Salah Ahmed, Illustrated by Kelly Dupre
The hungry animals of the Somali forest have worked together to kill a big fat camel. Now they must decide how to divide it. Will the portions be equal? Not with the lion in charge! Read this popular Somali fable and see why, as the other animals come to understand, "the lion's share is not fair!"
Thursday, January 24, 7 pm. Publication Reading: Free.
The Loft Literary Center at Open Book,
1011 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis
Marya Morstad was the recipient of the 2004 National Federation of Community Broadcasters “Golden Reel” award for best local documentary for "Art and Spirit Matters: Arts and Religion in the Twin Cities." Morstad is the host of “Art Matters” a weekly arts program on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio.