June 30, 2015

Uche Nduka

Uche Nduka [Nigeria / lives USA]


Born in Umuahia, Nigeria on October 14, 1963, Uche Nduka earned a B.A. in English from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1985. He worked as the first Executive Secretary of the Associationof Nigerian Authors from 1987 to 1989, becoming the National Publicity secretary of the same organization from 1992 to 1995.
     From 1995 to 2001 and again from 2003-2007, Nduka was a Lecturer in African Literature at the University of Bremmen, and lived in the Netherlands and Germany before moving to New York, where he currently lives.
     His first volume of poetry was Flower Child, published in 1988, followed by Second Act in 1994. Since then he has written seven further books of poetry: The Bremen Poems, Chiaroscuro (which won the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry Prize in 1997), If Only the Night, Heart’s Field, eel on reef and Ijele
     Nduka edited two collections of poetry, Poets in their Youth of 1988 and Und auf de Straßen eine Pest: Junge Nigerianische Lyric in 1988.
     In 2000 he published Belltime Letters commentaries and meditations in prose.
     His work has been translated extensively into German and Dutch.


Flower Child (Lagos, Nigeria: Update Communications, 1988); Second Act (Lagos, Nigeria: Journoblues Commnications, 1994); The Bremen Poems (New Leaf Press, 1995); Chiaroscoro (Bremen: Yeti Press, 1997); If Only the Night (Sojourner Press); Heart’s Field (Bremen: Yeti Press, 2005); eel on reef (Los Angeles: Black Goat, 2007); Ijele (Brooklyn: Overpass Books, 2012)

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