Sentinel Poetry #49     December 2006    ISSN 1479-425X


Guest Editor: Nnorom Azuonye

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Notes on Contributors


Ogaga Ifowodo, a lawyer, holds an MFA from Cornell University, New York, USA. He has published Homeland & Other Poems, which in manuscript won the 1993 Association of Nigerian Authors (ana) poetry prize; Madiba, winner of the 2003 ana/Cadbury poetry prize; The Oil Lamp, winner of the 2003 ana/nddc Gabriel Okara poetry prize, and Homeland, a German-English selection of his poems. He worked for eight years with the Civil Liberties Organisation, Nigeria’s premier human rights group, and between 1997 and 1998 was held under preventive detention by the then military regime of Nigeria; a memoir of his prison experience, excerpts from which have been featured in Gathering Seaweed: African Prison Writing (ed. Jack Mapanje), the British Council and Granta’s New Writing 14, and in Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, is in progress. His poems have been widely published in anthologies and magazines, including Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, The Times Literary Supplement, The Massachusetts Review, The Dalhousie Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry International, Mantis, Drumvoices Revue, among others. In 1998, he was named recipient of the pen USA Barbara Goldsmith Freedom-to-Write Award and of the Poets of All Nations (Netherlands) “Free Word” Award. He is an honorary member of the pen centres of the USA, Canada and Germany and a fellow of the Iowa Writing Program. He is currently concluding a doctorate in English at Cornell.


Chika Okeke-Agulu has shown his work in over forty exhibitions in Germany, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. He is an assistant professor of classical, modern, and contemporary African art history and theory at Penn State University, and co-editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art.


Gerald England  has published eleven poetry collections, the latest of which is Limbo Time. His poetry has also appeared in hundreds of magazines around the world. He  serves on the Council of the Yorkshire Dialect  Society, is  a  member of the Pennine Poets,  The British Haiku Society, The International Writers & Artists Association and the Paradoxist Movement. He founded the magazine "Headland" in 1969 and "New Hope International" in 1980, editing and publishing a quantity of poetry magazines and collections. His website at  www.geraldengland.co.uk includes New Hope International Review, one of the most extensive online sources of small press poetry reviews, and also a vast collection of photographs from his various travels. He was the 2006 recipient of the Ted Slade Award for his service to Poetry. Over recent years he has been developing his reputation as a photographer. His blogs: http://hydedailyphoto.blogspot.com/ l http://ackworthborn.blogspot.com/


Uche Nduka was born in Nigeria but presently lives in Bremen,Germany.A poet, essayist, songwriter, lecturer, he has published six volumes of poems. At the moment he teaches African Literature part-time at the University of Bremen. His website: http://www.pluriverse.de/uche


Roger Humes is a poet and computer graphic artist from Claremont, California. He is the Director of The Other Voices International Project and the International Poetry Editor for Harvest International, an annual arts and literature magazine produced by the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He is also co-editor of The Other Voices International Project print anthology.His chapbook There sings no bird is available from Electrato Graphics.


Uduma Kalu, Staff Correspondent and Literary Editor of The Guardian Newspapers, Nigeria, edits the newspaper’s Book and Literature Pages. From 1990 till 1999 he reported as a freelancer for The Guardian, Vanguard, Daily Times, The Source Magazines, amongst others. And has won some national media and literary prizes, apart from being honoured for his literary and media activities in Nigeria and abroad. A highly anthologised poet, his work appears in Camouflage: Best Contemporary Nigerian Writers, 25 New Nigerian Poets, and the May Ayim Anthology.


Barbara Reiher-Meyers is a Long Island, New York poet, board member of the Long Island Poetry Collective. She curates a poetry calendar for www.poetz.com/longisland. Barbara facilitates monthly workshops in Ronkonkoma, sends weekly Emails of local poetry events, and has edited several volumes of poetry. Sounds Familiar is the title of her first book of poems.


Cristian Mocanu was born in 1968 in Deva, Romania, where he still lives and works as a multilingual translator and interpreter. He also writes poetry in several languages, embracing all forms and structures of poetry: Eastern and Western, traditional or experimental. He published in several e-zines, including World Haiku Review, Modern English Tanka, suflete.ro, Karolina Rijećka, Sketchbook and received some national and international poetry awards. His first books of poetry (in English and Romanian) are forthcoming.


Toni Kan is an award winning poet, essayist and short story writer. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books, when a dream lingers too long, a poetry collection and ballad of rage, a novel. The poems featured in here in Sentinel Poetry (Online) #49 are excerpted from his new collection of poems, songs of departure and despai, due out spring 2007.


Gill McEvoy, lives in Chester, teaches Creative Writing, runs 2 regular poetry groups: the Poem Shed (workshop), The Golden Pear poetry reading group. She belongs to many other groups, all to do with poetry.


Obododimma Oha is a senior lecturer in Stylistics and Discourse Analysis, Department of English, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is also a Fellow, Center for Peace & Conflict Studies at the same university.


Kola Tubosun was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. His poem "Creation Story" won the Okigbo Poetry Prize at the University of Ibadan in 2004. He was honoured with MacArthor Foundation Scholarship in 2005, being one of the first students so distinguished by the University. His first collection of poems Headfirst into the Meddle is forthcoming.


Tolu Ogunlesi is the author of a collection of poetry Listen to the Geckos Singing From a Balcony, (Bewrite Books, UK, 2004). His fiction and poetry have appeared in Wasafiri, Sable, Orbis, Eclectica, Inkpot, Mississippi Review, Magma, Karogs, Sentinel Poetry Quarterly, Dance the Guns to Silence and Pyramid magazine amongst many others, and are forthcoming in Litro, The Arabesques Review and The Weaverbird Anthology of New Nigerian Fiction. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria



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