January 01, 2007


January Contributors

Nduka Otiono, writer, journalist and scholar, was born in Kano, Nigeria. Until recently, he was, for four years, the General Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors, and Associate Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Ibadan. Otiono is the author of The Night Hides with a Knife (Short stories), which jointly won ANA/Spectrum Prize for fiction, and Voices in the Rainbow (Poems), runner up for the ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize. He is co-editor of We-Men: An Anthology of Men Writing on Women, and Camouflage: Best of Contemporary Writing from Nigeria (2006). He is a doctoral student at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Laura Solomon was born in New Zealand in 1974, and has lived in London since 1999. She has an honours degree in English Literature and a Masters degree in Computer Science and currently works as an IT consultant. She has published two novels in New Zealand with Tandem Press: Black Light (1996) and Nothing Lasting (1997). Her first play, 'The Dummy Bride', was produced as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, and her second, based on her short story, “Sprout”, was part of the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  “Sprout” won a prize in the 2004 Bridport International Short Story competition and another short story “The Most Ordinary Man in the World” won a prize in the same competition in 2005. 

Obemata, Nigerian poet, writes from Slough, England. He is an international commercial lawyer engaged in poetry as an avocation.

Danielle Fessenbecker is an 18 year-old who lives in New Holland, PA. This is her first publication.  

Clement Hawes lives in the USA, and professes seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature in deepest Pennsylvania.  He has not published, or even tried to publish, a book of poetry; but he does confess to having penned various essays and monographs on such eighteenth-century authors as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Johnson, among others. He is a great admirer of the eighteenth-century poet Christopher Smart.

Lucy Thomas is 29 years old, and live in East Sussex, UK. She works with young people at a local college and also does youth work in the local area, as well as teaching basic IT to adult learners.

Catherine Kustanczi-Johnson was born and raised in Toronto.  She has produced and researched documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio as well as designed websites for CBC units.  She graduated from York University with a degree in Film Studies and English literature. She works for Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada.

Hassan Aliyu was born in London. In his early childhood he moved with his family to Nigeria. Studying fine art, he graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria's leading art institution, winning the Nigerian Arts Council award for best final year student. In the following years he exhibited in Lagos at the British Council, the National Gallery of Modern Art, the National Museum and the National Gallery of Crafts and Design. Since returning to the UK in 1990, Hassan has produced his work from various studios in London, participated in one-person and group exhibitions and executed private and public art commissions. www.hassanspaintings.co.uk

Sentinel Poetry (Online) #50January 2007   ISSN 1479-425X


Editor-in-Chief: Amatoritsero Ede

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