TANURE OJAIDE, Nigerian poet,  has won major national and international poetry awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Africa Region (1987), the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award (1988), twice the All-Africa Okigbo Prize for Poetry (1988 and 1997), and also twice the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize (1988 and 1994). His poetry publications include: Labyrinths of the Delta (Greenfield Center, NY: Greenfield Review Press, 1986), The Eagle's Vision (Detroit: Lotus Press, 1987), The Endless Song (Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1989), The Fate of Vultures (Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1990), The Blood of Peace (Oxford,  UK/Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1991), The Daydream of Ants (Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1997), Delta Blues & Home Songs (Ibadan: Kraft, 1998), and Invoking the Warrior Spirit (Ibadan: Heinemann, 1998). His poetry has appeared in many anthologies, including The Heinemann Book of African Poetry in English (1990), Border Lines: Contemporary Poems in English (1995), Poesie d'Afrique au Sud du Sahara (1995), Rainbow Voices (1996), and Poetry 2000 (1996). In addition to two books of literary criticism, Poetic Imagination in Black Africa: Essays on African Poetry (1996) and The Poetry of Wole Soyinka (1994), he has published a memoir, Great Boys: An African Childhood (1998). Invoking the Warrior Spirit: New and Selected Poems.  He has read from his poetry in different fora in Africa, Britain, Canada, Israel, Mexico, The Netherlands, and the United States. Some of his poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, and French. He is currently a professor of African American and African Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

EMMAN USMAN SHEHU, Nigerian Poet, is the author of Questions for Big Brother.

, American Poet, teaches writing at Hofstra University and literature and writing at Suffolk County Community College. She has recently published a chapbook, Lone Star Days. Some of her poems have recently appeared in the 2005 Freshet Anthology, the Literary Review, The Improper Hamptonian Magazine, Creations Magazine, and Poetz Magazine as well as in The Pedestal Magazine Political Anthology.

has lived in Korea, the U.S. Presently he lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. His poem was inspired by the Seventeen Magazine article "stuck on You" by Lin Yee.

, Nigerian Poet, is a biologist by training. He has an Msc. in Biology from the Chicago State University. He has won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. His poems have been Published in Warpland. He lives in Chicago. The poems here are excerpted from a fresh collection.

DAVID ALLEN is an American poet and journalist. He lives in and writes from Okinawa, Japan.

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