1. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  2. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  3. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  4. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  5. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
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, and Birthcry (Poems) by Kraft Books (Ibadan) in 2016. 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, WSQ, Callaloo, Ariel, Brick, Adelaide, Antiphon,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.

Education

  • 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)

Research Interests

Creative Writing - Poetry, fiction, the biography, Journalism, History of Ideas/Black intellectual experience, Modernity, post-colonial, National, Cultural & literary theories; African, African-American, Diaspora, and contemporary Trans-Atlantic Literatures.

Updated: Oct 30, 2017

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