SENTINEL POETRY

ONLINE MAGAZINE MONTHLY ISSN 1479-425X Editor: Amatoritsero Ede

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AMATORITSERO EDE is an ex-Hindu Monk with the Hare Krishna Movement, born in Nigeria. He worked as a Book Editor with a major Nigerian publisher, Spectrum Books, before starting his studies in 1991. He has been published in the past in Nigerian literary newspapers and recently in “Olongo” (Ibadan Journal of the Arts, Nigeria); in international journals like “Versal” in Amsterdam and “DrumVocies Revue” in the USA. He also appears in the following anthologies: Voices from the Fringe: An ANA Anthology of New Nigerian Poetry  Harry Garuba ed. (Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1988); The Fate of Vultures: BBC Prize-Winning Poetry. Peter Porter et al. eds. (Oxford: Heinemann International, 1989); Und auf den Strassen eine Pest Uche Nduka ed. (Bad Honnef, Germany: Horlemann Verlag, 1996); May Ayim Award Anthology Peggy Piesche et al eds. (Berlin, Germany: Orlanda Verlag, 2004); Camouflage: The Best of Contemporary Nigerian Writing Nduka Otiono & Diego Okonyedo eds. (Yenogoa, Nigeria: Treasure Books, 2006) and TOK 1: Writing the New Toronto Helen Walsh ed. (Toronto: Zephyr Press, 2006).

 

In 1993 he won the runner-up prize of the Association of Nigerian Authors' (ANA) Poetry Competition with the manuscript of “A Writer's Pains”; in 1998 the ANA All Africa Christopher Okigbo Prize for Literature (endowed by Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel Laureate) with his first collection of poems, Collected Poems: A writer’s Pains & Caribbean Blues (Bremen, Germany: Yeti Press, 1998) and second prize in the first May Ayim Award: International Black German Literary Prize, in 2004.

 

He is writer-in-residence at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada under the auspices of PENCanada’s Writers-in-Exile Network. He is currently working on a novel, two collections of poems, and a play  He has had readings all over Europe - for example at the Frankfurt Book Fair, at the German PEN Centre in Berlin and at the Tropical Museum in Amsterdam. In 2002 Amatoritsero Ede received a combined Honours Masters degree in German Language & Linguistics and Literature in English & Cultural Studies from the University of Hannover in Germany, for which he had a scholarship grant from the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation. He is a trained book editor and has a certificate in Print Production from the Graphic Media Development Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands.

 

 He has been the editor of Sentinel Poetry (Online) since February 2005.

 

 

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