.chisaraokwu. has always been a poet, writer & artist using her voice, body, and words to create. It just took a minute for her to realize it. Raised in Los Angeles to Igbo parents from Nigeria and the eldest of four children, she embarked on an unconventional career in medicine until a serendipitous trip overseas led her back to her creative roots. She has been a featured writer/guest columnist for Urban Cusp, Mums Village (Kenya), BK Nation and the Washington Post. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Collateral, Obsidian, Black Napkin Press, Page & Spine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal 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). She was selected to be a resident at the Storyteller's Retreat (Cheshire, CT), The Lemon Tree House Residency for Writers in Tuscany, Italy, and the George Washington University Jean McKean Moore Community Writers Workshop on Fiction in Washington, DC. When she's not writing, she's dreaming of writing or performing on a stage somewhere.
POETRY AVAILABLE ONLINE
"The Wake," Collateral
"Creating News," Collateral
"The Edge of Black," Tinderbox Poetry Journal
"Water," & "How To Fight A War: Part I. Instructions," Page & Spine Literary Journal (Audio)
“A Desolate Country: We the Poets, United, Against Trump” (39 West Press; Poetry Anthology)
War Poems, Black Napkin Press Poetry Journal
"The Evolution of a Saint & Other Selected Poems," (Words Build Dreams Press)
"Better Than Morning Coffee," Urban Cusp
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