Cristina Ali Farah

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Ubah Cristina Ali Farah
BornCristina Cali Farax
Verona, Italy
Occupationnovelist, essayist
Alma materLa Sapienza University
Subjectimmigration, colonialism, feminism
Notable worksMadre piccola (2007)

Ubah Cristina Ali Farah (born 1973 in Verona, Italy) is an Italian writer of Somali and Italian origin.


Born in Italy to a Somali father and an Italian mother, Farah grew up in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. She attended an Italian school there until the Somalia Civil War broke out in 1991.

Farah and her family subsequently relocated to Pécs, Hungary, but then later moved back to her birthplace, Verona, Italy. There, she obtained an Italian Lettere University degree at La Sapienza University in Rome, where she currently resides.

Literary career[edit]

Since 1999, Farah has been involved in intercultural education with projects developed for students, teachers and female immigrants revolving around tales, post-colonial literature and immigration topics. In these areas, she has collaborated with various Italian associations and NGOs such as Cies, Candelaria, Kel'lam, the Intercultural Forum of Caritas, and l'Ass. Prezzemolo.

For some time, Farah also contributed to Somali linguistic studies at the linguistic department of the Third University of Rome, participating in the "Scritture migranti" ("migrant writing") conference that was held between November–December 2004 in Campidoglio in Rome. She participated in the fifth Migrant Italian Writers Seminar organized by Sagarana in July 2005.

In December 2005, she presented her work at Brown University (USA) during the "Migrations and Literature in contemporary Italy" conference, and at Columbia University in New York City during the "Italians tales" course presented by Paolo Valesio, chair of the Italian department.

In October of the same year, she gave a lecture about the Somali diaspora at "The Last Caravanes of the Horn of Africa" meeting in Milan.

Farah is president of the Migra news agency, and a writer for Caffè newspaper. She also writes for other periodicals and Italian magazines such as Repubblica, Malepeggio, l'Europeo, Carta, Magiordomus, Accattone and Liberazione.

In Italy, her novels and poetry have been published in various magazines such as Nuovi Argomenti, Quaderni del 900, Pagine, Sagarana, El Ghibli, Caffè, Crocevia, and in the anthologies Ai confini del verso: Poesia della migrazione in italiano ("Poetry of migration in Italy") and A New Map: The poetry of Migrant Writers in Italy, edited by Mia Lecomte.

In 2006, Farah won the national literary competition, "Lingua Madre" ("Mother Tongue"), promoted by the Women Thoughts Studies Center. She was also honored by the city of Torino at the International Torino Book Fair.

In 2007, she published her first novel, Madre piccola ("Little Mother"[1]). In 2014 she published her second novel, "Il comandante del fiume". ISBN 978-8896538-95-1

She participated in the University of Iowa's prestigious International Writing Program in Fall 2017 and she has been invited to the MEET (Maison des Ecrivains et Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire) Residency 2018.

In 2019, she was part of a panel discussion on the theme of Identity at the Alpine Fellowship. [2]

See also[edit]



  • Ai confini del verso: Poesia della migrazione in italiano, (At the boundaries of verse. Poetry of migration) Le Lettere", Florence, 2006.
  • A New Map: The poetry of Migrant Writers in Italy, texts collected by Mia Lecomte et Luigi Bonaffini, Green Integer, Los Angeles, 2007.
  • Madre piccola ("Little Mother"), Frassinelli, 2007.
  • LATITUDE Rethinking Power Relations – for a decolonised and non-racial world, [1], 2021.

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