Sentinel Poetry (Online) #37
3rd Anniversary Issue – December 2005
Gabeba Baderoon is a South African poet. She is the author of two collections of poetry, The Dream in the Next Body and The Museum of Ordinary Life. Her poetry also appears in the following anthologies Ten Hallam Poets (Mews Press) and Worldscapes (OUP). Her third book, A Hundred Silences will be published by Kwela/Snailpress in April 2006. She has been a featured in several international poetry festivals, including ‘Poetry Africa 2005’ in Durban, the Berlin 2005 Poetry Festival and the Stockholm Poetry Festival, 2005. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Cape Town, and writes on art, literature and the media. Gabeba received the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Poetry in 2005.
Mitchell Stone was born in Kentucky of American Indian descent. She is currently editing two manuscripts of nonfiction and an anthology of free verse, artwork and essays. She has published work in ‘The Courier-Journal’ and ‘Free Radical’.
Ashley White is a 19 year-old man from Manchester, England. His poem has been anthologised in Colours of Life (2004). He tries to write organic and natural prose with a quirkiness and dry English wit. He is influenced by Carol Ann Duffy and Anno Birkin.
Connie Paknadel was born and bread in London. She has been writing poetry for four years and is currently a freshwoman studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Her other interests include playing the guitar and listening to alternative music.
Rehan Qayoom was born in the UK on 4 August 1979. He read English Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has been involved in many independent literary projects in the UK and have recited my poetry in many countries of the world. He is currently writing a book on the subject of poetic inspiration. He writes in two distinct languages, namely English and Urdu with a masterly command of both cultures.
Alan Hardy lives in Hertfordshire, UK. He is married, with one daughter (who has just started university in London). He was an English teacher for a number of years and currently heads a small family-run English Language School for foreign students. He has been published in ‘Orbis’, ‘Envoi’, ‘The Interpreter's House’ and ‘Iota’, and in ‘Sentinel Poetry Quarterly’ and Sentinel Poetry Online.
Uzor Mazim Uzoatu has written two novels, Satan’s Story and The Missing Link , as well as the play, Naked Theatre. His collection of poems, God of Poetry was long-listed for the recent Nigerian Literature Prize. A former rural peasant and theatre director, he was the 1989 Distinguished Visitor at The Graduate School of Journalism, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. He is married with three children.
Victor Ehikhamenor was born in Udomi-Irrua in Edo State, Nigeria. He earned a BA degree in English and Literature from Bendel State University, Ekpoma, Nigeria, and an MS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, University College, USA. Victor is a visual artist, a writer and a photographer. He maintains a home in Nigeria and in the US. His art is influenced by traditional African motifs. As a young boy he witnessed festivals that were highly spiritual; this early influence of African ritual, religion and their cosmogony carries into his creativity. An international award-winning writer, artist, photographer and poet., he has a collection of poems, Sordid Rituals (Lagos, Oracle Books, 2002). A short story of his, “The Supreme Command”, won a An Association of Commonwealth Broadcasters Award in London. As a visual artist Ehikhamenor works with different materials and objects. He has had numerous solo art exhibitions across the USA. Currently Utopia gallery in Washinton DC is showing his most recent body of works titled ‘Body Language’. His paintings are available at www.sozaboy.com
Victor Ekpuk was born in Nigeria; he has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Ife, Nigeria, where he studied painting. His art is inspired by traditional African arts, especially ‘Nsibidi’, an ancient art of communication that uses symbols to convey concepts. In exploring this ancient form of literacy, Ekpuk uses the age-old symbols and forms as well as his own stylized images and signs to create art that communicates contemporary experiences. His paintings have been shown in galleries in Nigeria, Europe and United State of America. Among such venues are: “Africus” Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa, 1995; Susquehanna Museum of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania, USA, 2002, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, USA, 2004, and Barbican Gallery, London 2004. Currently, some of his paintings are on loan to the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, pending an upcoming travelling exhibition. Ekpuk’s drawings and illustrations have been published in several journals including Daily Times, a major newspaper in Nigeria. UNICEF has also published his paintings as greeting cards. His work can be viewed at www.victorekpuk.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Malcolm Fabiyi PhD. is an Environmental Engineer and poet. He lives and works in Chicago, USA.