Fives logo – a stylised number five

with Safia Elhillo

The last thing that made you smile

Revisiting Jay-Z & Kanye’s “Watch the Throne” & feeling thrilled by it.

A secret

I’ve watched every season of America’s Next Top Model.

The last thing you wrote

An Instagram caption, some couplets, an emoji-hieroglyph text message.

Your favourite city

New York DC Toronto Chicago New Orleans London

What you’d place in a time capsule

My nameplate necklace and matching hoops from high school. My ever-changing eyebrow shape. Completed Muji notebooks. All the books I lent out and never got back.

Safia Elhillo is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. She is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017).