Aileen Muhammad was born in 1950 in Philadelphia. In the early 60’s, Aileen’s poetry appeared in several issues of Journal of Black Poetry, edited by Askia Muhammad Toure’ and another edited by Dudley Randall. Her poetry also appeared in several issues of Muhammad Speaks 1968 and 1969. She attended Winston Salem State University majoring in Math and Salem College where she received a bachelor of arts in creative writing in 2009 and was honored with the president’s prize in creative writing. She is currently a Masters of Education candidate at North Central University. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and magazines, and her short stories have received honorable mention in several North Carolina State writing contests. She has just published her first novella, Cowards and Angels.
Her award winning story “Conflict in the Sixties” was judged by Atlantic editor Michael Curtis during a NC state writing competition. She received Honorable Mention in a Glimmer Train sort story competition. She wrote for Incunabula, Salem College’s literary journal and served on the board of the Center for Women Writers at Salem College. Aileen is the artist of her cover of Cowards and Angels and is currently working on a book of poetry and a second novel, After Elijah.
Her on-line magazine, Sovereign Wings includes short stories, poetry ,art, historical insights and creative endeavors.