Asiya Gaildon is a second-year MFA student at NYU, and a recipient of the Goldwater Fellowship and Kimbilio Fellowship. She is the winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize judged by Ottessa Moshfegh. Asiya was born in Hadaaftimo, Somalia, but grew up in New York, Georgia, and Minnesota. Her work centers on both the Black Muslim and Somali diasporic experience in America. She is writing a novel.