Journalist | Poet
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based Bangladeshi journalist and poet focusing on migration, the refugee crisis, gender, and mental health. She completed her M.S. in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
Samira began her journalism career in Dhaka, Bangladesh, covering the 2013 factory collapse, the country's ethnic and religious minorities, and its LGBT community. Her work appears in Reuters, NPR, Al Jazeera, Quartz, The Lily, AJ+, The Wire.in, Scroll.in, and the Dhaka Tribune among other publications. Her story was nominated for a 2018 South Asian Journalists Association award. She is the editor of the Bangladeshi Identity Project
Samira’s poetry has been featured at the New York City Poetry Festival 2018 (Short Lines reading series), National Book Month festival WWI Prose and Poetry Night, Thinking in Full Color, SOJOURN Poetry Reading, SubDrift NYC, Ledbury Poetry Festival (UK) among other platforms. She is the co-founder of Ampersand: Spoken Word Dhaka. Her poem “Between Her Legs” was the winner of a nationwide spoken-word contest in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Samira graduated from Mahindra United World College, India in 2008 and from Grinnell College in 2012. She is a 2018 Poynter Institute Alum, a 2018 Maynard 200 Fellow, 2014 Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) Fellow, a 2016 Panos South Asia Fellow, and a 2016 ICFJ Digital Media Fellow.
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The Lily (Washington Post), Dec 2018
When Eman found herself in a relationship with Jess, at first she suspected that her partner was part of a "deep Mossad ploy" to spy on her. When Jess told her family she was marrying Eman, they feared she "would join Hamas": through it all, this Jewish-Palestinian gay couple have been breaking stereotypes not only for each other, but also for the world around them—through a space largely reserved for cisgender, heterosexual white men: comedy.
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A wall mural at a downtown cafe in Ho Chi Minh, May 2015.
All photography by Samira Sadeque unless otherwise stated.