poet. actor. Activist.
.chisaraokwu. is an artist using her voice, body, and words to tell stories on-screen, on-stage and on the page. Raised in Los Angeles, she began performing in front of audiences at the age of five and writing poetry and short stories in middle school that reflected the bicultural/bilingual environment that surrounded her.
English, Igbo, Italian
.chisaraokwu. has been a featured writer/guest columnist for Urban Cusp, Mums Village (Kenya), BK Nation and the Washington Post. Her poetry has been nominated for Sundress Publishings "Best of the Net” Poetry Anthology and published in Obsidian, Cider Press Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Page & Spine and others. Her reaction poem to the 2016 US Presidential Election was selected for inclusion in the 2017 poetry anthology "Desolate Country" (39 West Press). Her first volume of poetry, Evolution of a Saint (Words Build Dreams Press), was published in 2014. She has participated in writing residencies in the US & Italy. She is currently working on a second volume of poetry based on the Nigeria-Biafra War.
"allora" - it's Italian for a lot of things.
writers who inspire her
Nikki Giovanni, Chinua Achebe, Jhumpa Lahiri, to name a few. Danez Smith is a phenom.
favorite subject to write about