Meet Our Contributors | African Writing Online Folio – Michigan Quarterly Review

Meet Our Contributors | African Writing Online Folio

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Anna Almore is a relative, learner, and doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan. She received her bachelor’s in English with certificates in African American and American studies at Princeton University. Her work has been published in Scalawag Magazine, The AjA Project, and EducationNC, with forthcoming publications in Urban Education

Raul Bimenyimana is a Burundian writer living in Nairobi. His work has previously been published in Brittle Paper, Popula, Barzakh, and Kalahari Review.

Delight Chinenye Ejiaka is an emerging fiction writer whose works chronicle the African experience and history. She studies melodramatic women and is curious about how the marketplace environment shapes people. Her short story “Market Craze” appears in Isele Magazine. She was a finalist for the 2022 Frontier Global Poetry Prize and the Ray Ventre Memorial Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Isele Magazine, Desert Companion, What You Need To Know About Me anthology, Whale Road Review, and Vindagua. Her work has been supported by Black Mountain Institute, Tin House, and Kweli Journal.

Dalia Elhassan is a Sudanese American poet and writer living in NYC. Her work has been featured in The Kenyon Review, The Oakland Arts Review, Rattle #59, and most recently in New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Sita) with her chapbook In Half Light (2019, Akashic Books and the African Poetry Book Fund). She is the recipient of the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize for nonfiction and was shortlisted for the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. She can be found online @daliaelhassan.

Kami Enzie is a Vienna-born, New Orleans–raised queer Nigerian Filipino writer. Work appears or will soon in Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, Image, Obsidian, Oversound, Passages North, The Poetry Review (UK), and elsewhere. His writing has received support from Vermont College of Fine Art’s Postgraduate Writers’ Conference. He is an alumnus of Tin House Winter Workshops and received an MFA in 2023 from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. (IG: @yungwerther)

Liz Femi is a Nigerian American writer, actor, and NAACP Theater Award Nominee for her solo play, Take Me to the Poorhouse. A recipient of Writeability’s Right to Write Award, she has work published in Good River Review, Wild Roof Journal, Stone Poetry Quarterly, Two Thirds North, West Trade Review, and elsewhere. She is based in Los Angeles and Atlanta and is a 2024 Pushcart winner. 

Rasaq Malik Gbolahan is a Nigerian poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, Transition, and elsewhere. In 2017, Rattle and Poet Lore nominated his poems for the Pushcart Prize. He was shortlisted for Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2017. He was a finalist for Sillerman First Book for African Poets in 2018.

Chiagoziem Jideofor is Igbo and Queer. Her poems have appeared or are scheduled to appear in Poetry, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Obsidian, ANMLY, the minnesota review, berlin lit, Yaba Left Review, Passengers Journal, Superstition Review, Rigorous, Spectrum Literary Journal, Untitled: Voices, Versification, and elsewhere.

Jeremy Teddy Karn is a Liberian poet and an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His chapbook, Miryam Magdalit, was selected for New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Nane) (2021) by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. His poems have appeared in Lolwe, Poetry Wales, The Adroit Journal, The Penn Review, trampset, The Ilanot Review, and elsewhere.

Zanta Nkumane is a writer and journalist from Eswatini. His work has appeared in the Mail & Guardian, Lolwe, RaceBaitr, OkayAfrica, The Johannesburg Review of Books,and The Republic. He is the nonfiction editor at Doek! Literary Magazine, a Short Story Day Africa Inkubator Fellow, andthe 2022/23 UEA Booker Prize Scholar. 

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara is the author of the poetry collection In Gorgeous Display (Fordham University Press, 2023). A 2023 Lambda Literary Fellow and an alumnus of Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, he has work published in Poetry magazineand elsewhere.

Mahtem Shiferraw is a writer and visual artist from Ethiopia and Eritrea. Her work has been published in various literary magazines, including Callaloo, Prairie Schooner,, The 2River View, Luna Luna Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and World Literature Today. She is the author of three books of poetry: Fuchsia (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), which won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets; Your Body Is War (University of Nebraska Press, 2018); and Nomenclatures of Invisibility (BOA Editions, 2023). She is the founder and executive director of Anaphora Arts, a nonprofit organization that advocates for writers and artists of color. You can find her at

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