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June Contributors


Kwame Dawes, born in Ghana in 1962, spent most of his childhood in Jamaica. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in a recent interview his “spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.” His book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. His 11th collection of verse, Wisteria: Poems from the Swamp Country, was published in January 2006. In February, 2007 Akashic Books published his novel, She’s Gone and Peepal Tree Books published his 12th collection of poetry, Impossible Flying, and his non-fiction work, A Far Cry from Plymouth Rock: A Personal Narrative. He is the Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina where he directs the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and the University of South Carolina Arts Institute.  He is the programming director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, which takes place in Jamaica each year. *The poems published here are excerps from a forthcoming collection, Gome’s Song (Akashic Books, fall 2007).


Pius Adesanmi, poet and critic, was born in 1972 and obtained a First Class Honours degree in French Studies from the University of Ilorin (1992). He subsequently obtained a Master’s degree and a PhD in the same discipline from the Universities of Ibadan and British Columbia respectively. He has since pursued a career as a scholar of Francophone and Anglophone African and Black Diasporic literatures and cultures. He is a two-time Fellow of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and has guest-lectured widely in Universities in Africa, Europe, and North America. He has contributed essays on literature and culture to several learned journals, literary reviews, newspapers, and edited books. He regularly serves as a manuscript reviewer for literary publications. His poetry collection, The Wayfarer and Other Poems won the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize in 2001. He is currently an Associate professor of Literature at Carleton University, Ottawa Canada, and Director, Project on New African Literatures (PONAL).


Gizem Saka, is Turkish, and a twenty-nine-year-old self-taught painter. She has held exhibitions in the U.S.A. and Canada. She participated in the 2007 SOLO Pavilion of the New York Art Expo. Saka recently earned a PhD in Economics from Cornell University. More of her work is at


Bryon D. Howell lives in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. His poetry has appeared in Poetic Diversity, Red River Review, The Quirk, The Cerebral Catalyst, The Greasy Spoon Saloon, and The Lost Beat. He is the Editor-in-Chief of  four online poetry 'zines.


Simon Timbrell-West lives and work in London. He is originally from Lincoln, UK.


Tolu Ogunlesi is Nigerian and has one collection of poems, Listen to the Geckos Singing from a Balcony, (Bewrite Books, 2004). In 2007 he was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry prize.


Damo Bullen probably lives in the UK. The poems here were written, in his own words, “from Italy to India (via Lancashire).”


Eamonn Stewart was born in Belfast in 1964. He won 1st prize in the Irish National Children's Poetry Competition twice. His Poetry has appeared in Gown, The Big Spoon and The Centrifugal Eye. He is trained as an advertising photographer and has worked as a focus-puller. He has a degree in the History of Film.


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