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Kéchi Nne Nomu

Kéchi Nne Nomu

Kéchi Nne Nomu

(Nigeria, 1987)

“The fear 
 of sickness is sickness. The fear of fear is fear. 
 He who is not busy living is busy dying” 
- from: Guerilla’s Nocturne 


Kéchi Nne Nomu is a Nigerian writer, poet, editor and academic lecturer based in New York. 

Her poetry displays an intimate perspective on big topics such as migration and displacement, violence and death. She draws connections between physicality, the body and sexuality and the effects that history has on contemporary Nigerian society. This immediate intimacy and the physicality leave her audiences with a strong and deep impression. 

Nomu holds an MFA in poetry from New York University, where she received support as a Stein/Brodey Fellow. She has taught courses in writing and poetry at Long Island University and the University of Virginia. Additionally, she works as an editor and writer. Her poetry has been published in The Yale Review, Narrative Magazine, Boston Review, The Adroit Journal, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. She has been a finalist at both Narrative Magazine’s Fourteenth Annual Poetry Contest and The Adroit Journal’s 2023 Gregory Djanikian Scholars in Poetry and semifinalist for the Aura Estrada Short Story Prize.  

Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Prins Bernhard cultuurfonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Gefinancierd door de Europese Unie
Elise Mathilde Fonds
Stichting Verzameling van Wijngaarden-Boot
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère