A Growing Excitement
chika unigwe (Guest):
mundane poems
ike anya:
six poems
leslie harris
the story of us and other poems
meghan l. quinn
Six Poems
nnorom azuonye:
my e-conversation with chika unigwe
celebrating idzia
Bulletin Board
poetry competitions
notes on contributors
Past issues
nnorom azuonye
associate guest editor
lola shoneyin


Chika Unigwe
Guest Poet Chika Unigwe was born on August 1, 1972 at Enugu, now in Enugu State of Nigeria. At just 8 years old, she co-presented a radio request programme for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu with Patience Ozokwor. Currently a doctoral student at the Universiteit Leiden, Holland, Unigwe is a 1995 University of Nigeria, Nsukka, English Language and Literature Graduate.

The author of "Born In Nigeria", "Tear Drops" and two children's books "Rainbow for Dinner" and "Ije At Boarding School" (Forthcoming 2003, Macmillans), Unigwe's "Obi's Catapult" has appeared in Sea of Voices, Isle of Stories a WIWA Anthology of contemporary writing (2003), "Touched by and Angel" broadcast on BBC World Service (1998) and two poems in "Voices From The Fringe--an anthology of New Nigerian Poets, Harry Garuba, ed (1989).

Unigwe has won several prizes for her writing including the BBC Short Story Competition 2002 with "A Borrowed Smile", and 2nd Prizes for Abuja Rotary Club Vocational Services Month Essay Competition (1987), and Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Essay Competition (1988).

She lives in Belgium with her husband and three children.

Ike Anya
Ike Anya is a medical doctor trained at the University of Nigeria and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He co-founded the Abuja Literary Society and has had his poems published in various media in the United Kingdom, Nigeria and the United States. He also writes short stories and feature articles. Most of the poems are from an unpublished collection Rhythms from Within.

Leslie Harris
Leslie Harris was born in Detroit, MI. Raised with 2 parents and 3 sisters. He is a poet and aspiring songwriter. His poems have appeared in anthologies from JMW publishing, FRESH! Literary Magazine, ezines by Timbooktu and Meeting of The Minds. He is a Human Resource professional by day with a B.S. in Social Science and Juris Doctorate. He is currently working on getting his first book of poems published and pursuing having his songs recorded by various artists. Leslie currently lives in the Detroit area with his wife and 2 children.

Meghan L. Quinn
Meghan L. Quinn was born in Pennsylvania on the 5th of April 1981. She is a graduate of Towson University in Maryland, USA. Writing with a focus on environmental preservation and repair, and on equality in the broadest sense for all members of the human family. Meghan's poems have appeared Brillig and Grub Street, she was awarded the National Teachers of English Writing Award in 1998, and completed a book of poetry for her honors thesis, entitled Person*Place*Thing, which she hopes to someday publish.

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