Yahya Frederickson is a poet and professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from the University of North Dakota. Between graduate degrees he taught for six years in Yemen, initially as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Kyrgyzstan in 2016, Saudi Arabia in 2011, and Syria in 2005.
He is the author of two full-length poetry collections--In a Homeland Not Far: New & Selected Poems (Press 53, 2017) and The Gold Shop of Ba-‘Ali (Lost Horse, 2014), which was chosen by Sam Hamill for the 2013 Idaho Prize. He’s also the author of 3⅓ chapbooks, most recently The Birds of Al-Merjeh Square: Poems from Syria (Finishing Line, 2014), which won the press's 2013 Open Chapbook Competition. His other chapbooks are Month of Honey, Month of Missiles (Tigertail, 2009), Returning to Water (Dacotah Territory, 2006) and Trilogy (Dacotah Territory, 1985, with Julie Taylor and Richard Schetnan).
Nominated five times for Pushcart Prizes, Yahya is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Thomas McGrath Memorial Awards, a Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Foundation Fellowship grant, and a residency at The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
His poems and reviews have appeared in Arts & Letters, Black Warrior Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Cream City Review, CutBank, Cutthroat, Flyway, Great River Review, Green Mountains Review, Hanging Loose, The Laurel Review, Luna, Al-Masar, The Middle Eastern Studies Association Bulletin, Midwestern Gothic, Mizna, Ninth Letter, North Dakota Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, River Styx, Quarter After Eight, Quarterly West, The Southern Review, WLA (War, Literature, & the Arts), Water~Stone Review, Witness, and other journals.
His translations (with Muhammed Shoukany) of contemporary Saudi Arabian poets appeared in New Voices of Arabia: The Poetry: An Anthology from Saudi Arabia (I.B. Tauris, 2012).