Maxamed Xasan 'Alto'
Maxamed Xasan 'Alto' was born in 1960. He studied in Somalia and Soviet Union and has an MA in Journalism. Since 2004 he has been a teacher in Somali language at SOAS London. He is a writer and freelance journalist and has published and edited many books in Somali language. He has worked closely with Dr Martin Orwin on a number of Somali poetry translation and is closely involved with the Poetry Translation Centre.