New Books in Poetry
36min2022 APR 22
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Romeo Oriogun speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about his poem “The Sea Dreams of Us,” which appears inThe Common’sfall issue. In this conversation, Romeo talks about his life as a poet in exile from Nigeria, and how that experience of exile appears in his poetry. He also discusses his writing process, the themes he often returns to in his work, and how growing up in Nigeria affects his use of language in poetry. Romeo Oriogun is the author of the 2020 poetry collectionSacrament of Bodies. A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, he has received fellowships and support from the Ebedi International Writers Residency, Harvard University, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the Oregon Institute for Creative Research, and the IIE Artist Protection Fund. An alum of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he currently lives in Ames, where he is a postdoctoral research associate at Iowa State University. Read Romeo’s poetry inThe Hear more from Romeo inthis interviewwith Arrowsmith Press on YouTube. The Commonis a print and online literary magazine publishing stories, essays, and poems that deepen our collective sense of place. On our podcast and in our pages,The Commonfeatures established and emerging writers from around the world. Read more and subscribe to the magazine, and follow us on Twitter@CommonMag. Emily Everettis managing editor of the magazine and host of the podcast. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Putnam Books. Her stories appear in the Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, Tin House Online, and Mississippi Review. She holds an MA in literature from Queen Mary University of London, and a BA from Smith College. Say hello on Twitter@Public_Emily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit Support our show by becoming a premium member!

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