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Nnorom Azuonye






NNOROM AZUONYE - a native of Isuikwuato, in present-day Abia State of Nigeria was born at Enugu, Republic of Biafra in 1967. He trained as a Dramatic Artist at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. He has worked in different capacities in theatre, television and film as actor, playwright, screenwriter, director and scene designer in such productions as Ola Rotimi's The Gods Are Not To Blame (1979), Femi Osofisan's Once Upon Four Robbers (1988, 1989), Esiaba Irobi's Hangmen Also Die (1989), Ebrahim Hussein's Kinjeketile (1990), Ada Ugah's Colours of The Rainbow (1991), and the Obi Emelonye films Good Friends (2000) and Echoes of War (2003).  Azuonye's own play A Tasty Taboo received its world premiere at the University of Nigeria Arts Theatre in April, 1990, and his short play Return of The Businessman first produced and directed by the author in 1991 at The Cultural Centre, Calabar was translated into Igbo language in 1994 for Desmims Independent Television, Kaduna.


Azuonye first published poetry in the Capital College, London magazine in 1988. He has since published poetry, short fiction, essays, and interviews in international journals including Agenda, Orbis, Keystone, Poetry Monthly, Drumvoices Revue, Eclectica, Olongo, Poet's Letter, The Muse Apprentice Guild, Flair, Weekly Star, Mindfire Renew, and The Guardian. His work also appears in the print anthologies Voices Against Racism: 100 Poems Against Racism (VORA, UK 1998), For The Love of God (Beaumont, Singapore 2004), and in the e-Anthologies The Other Voices Poetry, and Poesie Du Monde.


In 2002 Azuonye founded the Sentinel Poetry Movement, publishers of Sentinel Poetry (Online) and The Sentinel Quarterly: Journal of African and World Literature. He was Editor, Sentinel Poetry (Online) December 2002 - January 2005, and Editor Sentinel Poetry Quarterly, July 2004 - December 2006. His books include Letter To God & Other Poems (Nsibidi Africana Publishers, 2003), and The Bridge Selection: Poems for the Road (Eastern Light, 2005).



Nnorom Azuonye

Founder/Managing Editor