Lula Saleh is a poet, multidisciplinary artist, and community builder, who works as a journalism/communications consultant and creative placemaking professional by day. She founded the East African Diaspora Artists Initiative, a social enterprise that utilizes media storytelling, arts and entrepreneurship to amplify the work of African creatives and changemakers.
Born and raised in Saudi Arabia with East African origins, Lula’s work offers an international and transnational lens, at the intersection of home, culture and identity. She explores diaspora themes through visuals, language and storytelling. Her digital poem “How Many More?” about the refugee crisis was viral in 2017, featured in Upworthy, OkayAfrica and global migration conferences.
A community leader and advocate, Lula was a Givens African American Writers Fellow, National Arts Strategies Creative Communities Fellow, and inaugural fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute. She has received the University of Minnesota President’s Student Leadership & Service Award, Josie Johnson Human Rights & Social Justice Award, and the Community Leadership Award by Mshale African Newspaper. Recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, Amnesty International, Yale University, Springboard for the Arts and more for her creativity, leadership and advocacy, Lula is sought after.
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