Sentinel Poetry (Online) #59 ISSN 1479-425X


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Chris Abani is a Nigerian poet and Novelist resident in the USA. His  prose works includes Song For Night (Akashic, 2007), The Virgin of Flames (Penguin, 2007), Becoming Abigail (Akashic, 2006), GraceLand (FSG, 2004), and Masters of the Board (Delta, 1985). His poetry collections are Hands Washing Water (Copper Canyon, 2006), Dog Woman (Red Hen, 2004), Daphne's Lot (Red Hen, 2003), and Kalakuta Republic (Saqi, 2001). He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award & the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.


Bob Beagrie lives in Middlesbrough in the North East of England.   He has three collections of poems, Perkele (Ek Zuban, 2006), Endeavour: Newfound Notes (Biscuit, 2004), Huggin & Muninn (Biscuit, 2002), and a new collection, Yoik, is forthcoming from Cinnamon Press in January 2008. He has won a Northern Promise Award, a Northern Writers Time to Write Award and the Biscuit Poetry Prize.


Leyowena Witham lives in England and is a creative writing student and part-time, freelance fashion designer.

Esiaba Irobi is an Associate Professor of international Theatre /Cinema at Ohio University, Athens, USA. He is a playwright as well as a seasoned poet with four collections of poetry including Cotyledons (Lagos: Update, 1988), Inflorescence (Enugu: ABIC, 1989), and Why I Don't Like Philip Larkin (USA: Nsibidi, 2005).


Ejovwoke Ophori is a Nigerian, and graduate student at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Creative Writing Program in Madison, New Jersey. Also an independent filmmaker, his poems have appeared on


Nduka Otiono is a Nigerian, and FS Chia Scholar in the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and fellow of The William Joiner Centre, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA. A cultural activist and journalist, he was General Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors and served as founding member, Advisory Board of the Nigeria Prize for Literature. His first book, The Night Hides with a Knife (Short stories), jointly won the maiden ANA/Spectrum Prize for fiction, while his second, Voices in the Rainbow (Poems), was runner up for the ANA/Cadbury Poetry Prize in 1997. He co-edited We-Men: An Anthology of Men Writing on Women, and Camouflage: Best of Contemporary Writing from Nigeria (2006). His second collection of poems, Love in a Time of Nightmares is in press.


James Cudjoe is Ghanaian. He graduated from Ghana’s private art college, Ghanatta in 1996, and has since participated in several solo and group exhibitions. His paintings have been glowingly described as “a novelistic juxtaposition of repetition and change.” Most of his best works successfully captures the relationship between the elements and social environment. In May 2007, Cudjoe was featured in an exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Man. He operates his own galleries in Accra and Takoradi, Ghana. His paintings can be found at







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