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Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' and Information Resources

This guide supports further research into Beyoncé's literary, film, and history references in her visual album 'Lemonade.' The guide was adapated from the 'Lemonade' guide created by Jenny Ferratti at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Warsan Shire


Warsan Shire

Photo by Amaal Said
Photo by Amaal Said

Warsan Shire is a Somali-British writer, poet, editor, and teacher. In 2013 she received The Brunel University African Poetry Prize. She was named the first Young Poet Laureate for London in 2014 at age 25. Beyoncé reads parts of Shire's poems in interludes between songs in Lemonade.(

(1) Zakaria, R. (2016, April 27). Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet quoted by Beyoncé in Lemonade. The Guardian.  



Articles about Warsan Shire

The Writing Life of a Young, Prolific Poet by Alexis Okeowo. The New Yorker, October 21, 2015.

Who is Warsan Shire? The Poet from Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Special Is Incredibly Accomplished by Chloe Kent. Bustle, April 24, 2016. 

Beyonce's "Lemonade" Turns A Somali-Brit Poet Into a Global Star by Malaka Gharib. Goats and Soda section, National Public Radio (NPR), April 27. 2016.

Warsan Shire: the Somali-British poet quoted by Beyoncé in Lemonade by Rafia Zakaria. The Guardian, April 27, 2016.

Transcript of Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Because The Words Are Just As Important As The Music by Michelle Toglia. Bustle, April 24, 2016.


Books by Warsan Shire

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