1. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  2. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  3. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  4. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
Department of English Graduate Programs
Obi Nwakanma

Obi Nwakanma, Ph.D.

Poet, journalist, biographer and literary critic, Obi Nwakanma was born in Nigeria. Thirsting for Sunlight, his biography of the tragic modernist poet, Christopher Okigbo, was published by James Currey (UK) in 2010. His collection of poems, The Horsemen & Other Poems, was published by Africa World Press (New Jersey) in 2007. Nwakanma’s first collection of poems, The Roped Urn, was awarded the Cadbury Prize in 1996 by the Association of Nigerian Authors, and he received the Walter J. Ong Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2008 from Saint Louis University. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in various anthologies and publications including Okike, Vanguard Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, German, and Turkish. Obi Nwakanma has also worked as a professional journalist, reporting internationally for Newsweek, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and as Group Literary editor for the Vanguard, one of the major national newspapers in Nigeria, for which he continues to write a weekly column, “The Orbit” in the Sunday Vanguard. He is currently working on a novel, a new collection of poems, and a book on The Mbari Movement, Transnationalism and Modern African Literature.


  • Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University, Missouri
  • M.F.A. in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.A. in English from University of Jos, Nigeria (1989)


No courses found for Spring 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91288 LIT6039 Studies in Contemporary Poetry Face2Face M,W 6:00PM - 7:15PM Not Online
This is an intensive poetry class for advanced students in the MFA Creative Writing program. It offers opportunity for practicing writers and scholars of poetry to engage with the craft of poetry, beyond the conceptual and theoretical questions to the issues of praxis. In sum, this course aims at preparing advanced students of poetry to examine the various voices and cadence of the poetic art in an original way, and to absorb new approaches to writing poetry. While this class advances the quest for originality, it does also seek to examine the traditions of the poetic craft based on the examples of certain established poets across time, aesthetic frontiers, and national divides. We encourage a critical approach in examining and practicing poetry as craft, and in situating its various modes of representation. This class hopes to deepen the discussion of the craft in terms of the range of modalities and styles of poetry, from the national to the international; from the modern to the contemporary through the poets with whom students are expected to engage. Students in this class will have the opportunity of presenting their works/rsponses and receiving critique and supportive feedback from their peers

No courses found for Summer 2017.

No courses found for Spring 2017.

No courses found for Fall 2016.

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Updated: Jan 19, 2012

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