Ali Jimale Ahmed is Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Queens College of the City University of New York. He is also on the Comparative Literature faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. His poetry and short stories have been translated into several languages. His books include The Invention of Somalia (1995), Daybreak Is Near: Literature, Clans, and the Nation-State in Somalia (1996), Fear Is a Cow (2002), Diaspora Blues (2005), The Road Less Traveled: Reflections on the Literatures of the Horn of Africa (co-edited with the late Taddesse Adera) (2008), and When Donkeys Give Birth to Calves: Totems, Wars, Horizons, Diasporas (2012).