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Abdourahman Waberi is a novelist, essayist, poet, and short-story writer. He was born in Djibouti in 1965. Waberi's works include The Land without Shadows, Transit, and In the United States of Africa. His first volume of stories, The Land without Shadows, won Belgium's Royal Academy of French Language and Black Africa's Grand Literary Prize for French speakers. His articles and reviews have appeared in many international publications. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Africana Studies and the Humanities at the Claremont Colleges in California.