Asiya Gaildon was born in Hadaaftimo, Somalia, and grew up in various American suburbs. She is a 2020-2022 Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. Asiya holds an MFA from NYU, where she was a Goldwater Fellow. Her work centers on both the Black Muslim and Somali diasporic experiences in America.
Asiya is currently writing a novel about a Somali filmmaker set in Mogadishu, Moscow, Eastern Ethiopia, and New York, spanning the 1960s until 2015.