Nduka Otiono

Well-known Nigerian author Nduka Otiono, the director of Carleton University’s Institute of African studies, has been shortlisted for the Archibald Lampman Award for poetry for his new collection, DisPlace: The Poetry of Nduka Otiono.

The jury stated: “Otiono’s edited collection of poetry reflects consummate diasporic writing, as at ease in Lagos as in Edmonton. Crafty and aware, these poems give us Otiono’s take on history, global petroleum, national politics, but also spend valuable time musing on tradition, literature, and love. Beyond the poems themselves—which churn with linguistic play, rhythmic force, and searing insight—this volume includes helpful commentary and a thoroughly illuminating interview between Otiono and Chris Dunton. Wonderful poetry from a poet who is already internationally important.”

The award is given by Arc Poetry Magazine to a National Capital area author with an outstanding collection of poetry. The magazine was founded in 1978 by three professors at Carleton University.

A poetry reading will be held on September 19, 2022 at 7 p.m. at Spark Beer in Ottawa. The award will be announced on October, 19, 2022 at 7 p.m., at Les Lye Studio at the Meridian Theatre.

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