Saraba Magazine is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a new poetry chapbook, Epiphanies: New Poems by Jumoke Verissimo.

Jumoke Verissimo is a leading Nigerian poet, and one of the most sensitive working today. Her first collection of poetry, I am memory, won the AWF/Carlos Idizia Ahmad first book Prize for Poetry 2009, the Second Prize, AWF/Anthony Agbo Prize for Poetry 2009 and an Honourable Mention in the Association of Nigerian Authors (Poetry) Prize. She has a Masters in African Studies from the University of Ibadan and a BA Literature-in-English from the Lagos State University. She is a recipient of the Chinua Achebe Centre Fellowship.

Epiphanies is published in anticipation of her second collection of poems, The Birth of Illusion, and as the third in Saraba Magazine’s individual poetry chapbook series. It includes thirteen poems and a postscript by Emmanuel Iduma.

Saraba Magazine’s relationship with Verissimo goes back to our inaugural issue in 2009, which she guest-edited. A champion of our work from the start, she provided the seed funding for the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Poetry Prize (now in hiatus) in 2012. Her poems were included in our Justice Issue, and in the recently published special issue on Displacement.

The chapbook will be available for download on 30 June, 2015.

 

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