Contents

Editorial:
Pen, Sword and The Society

Interview:
Nnorom Azuonye
My E-conversation with
Esiaba Irobi

Guest Poet:
Rebecca Steltner
About Steltner

Poems:

Rebecca Steltner
Summer Forgetting
Untitled I
Untitled II
Before falling asleep
Chafed
Unoma Azuah
Vows
Song of the Owl
Nights
In Us
Uduma Kalu
To the unheard voice
A mermaid dance
Evelyn
I am still eager
C. Highsmith-Hooks
When freedom come
Through tainted eyes
The Day The Towers Fell
Uche Nduka
Swear
Gleamings
Turn the key
Slow Feet
Emeka Azuine
Reality World
Oppressenergy
Song for Souls


Feature:
Nnamdi Obioha Azuonye
- Profile of the poet
Nnorom Azuonye
The Freedom Clause: Theme and Meaning
in the poems of
Nnamdi Azuonye

Events & Announcements:
StAnza Poetry Festival
Poetry Competitions

Notes:

Notes on Contributors
Glossary

Back Issues:

January 2003
December 2002

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Notes on contributors

Uche Nduka: Born on 14th of October 1963 in Umuahia ,Nigeria. Poet, essayist,song-writer, singer. Published books--Flower Child (1988), Second Act (1994), The Bremen Poems (1995), Chiaroscuro-Awarded the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize-(1997), Belltime Letters-Prose-(2000), If Only The Night (2002). Earned a B.A Combined Honours degree in English from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1985. Had worked as the first Executive Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (1987-1989), National Publicity secretary Of ANA(1992-1995), Lecturer in African Literature at the University of Bremen (1995-2000). Some of his writings translated into German, French, Dutch, Serbo-Croat. Lives at present in Bremen,Germany, as a Free-lance writer and Performer.

Unoma Nguemo Azuah is in her final year of the MFA programme at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a BA in English from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, where she edited the departmental journal - THE MUSE, and received the best creative writing student award for the years 1993 and 1994. She was also the recipient of the Leonard Trawick Creative Writing Award of the English Department at Cleveland State University, Ohio.

C. Highsmith-Hooks: Cynthia was born in New York in 1962. She is the oldest and only daughter of four children. Cynthia is a poet and aspiring novelist. Her poems have appeared in online magazines for Akirim Press and Timbooktu. A Criminal Investigator by day, she has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Forensic Science degree. Her first book of poems, "The Soul of a Black Woman: From a Whisper to a Shout," was published in 2002. She is currently living in California and working on several novels as well as a second book of poetry.

Uduma Kalu: a multiple award winner, including the University of Nigeria First Prize for Poetry, holds a University of Nigeria Bachelor of Arts in English as well as University of Ibadan Master of Arts, also in English. Highly anthologised, Kalu works as a journalist at THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPERS, Lagos, Nigeria.

Rebecca Steltner: Born in Hamburg, Germany, Steltner is currently a final year student of comparative literature at University of Kent at Caterbury where she also edits the literary magazine Logos. Her poems, which she usually translates into English have appeared in anthologies, magazines and the Internet. For more information on Steltner click here.

Emeka Azuine
is a poet and journalist from Nigeria, West Africa. He graduated with BA (Hons) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and won a best student award in writing. His poetry has been published internationally in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, the internet and recited on radio. On several occasions, he has emerged runner-up in poetry contests organised by USA-based International Library of Poetry. Emeka currently resides in London, United Kingdom, where he has completed graduate studies in international relations. 

Nnorom Azuonye is the founder of Sentinel Poetry Movement and Editor of Sentinel Poetry (online) magazine. He is the Managing Director, Opportunity Europe Business Services Ltd (a business promotion and utilities consulting company) in London, England. He trained as a Dramatic Artist at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, graduating in 1990 and winning the university's Department of Dramatic Arts Academic Prize for Best Graduating Student that year. In 1991m he won the Cultural Centre Board, Calabar, Nigeria Best Poet award, and later trained for a part II, professional diploma in advertising with the Advertising Practitioners  Council of Nigeria (1994). He is the author of "Letter To God and other poems" 2002.

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