Honors

May 2016

Honored to be a recipient of the Director’s Scholarship for Excellence. Thrilled to receive this award from San Jose State University, from the School of Information. With gratitude to the family and friends of Nina Jensen and to the SJSU iSchool.

May 2016

Honored to be a recipient of a scholarship to attend the SummerWords Creative Writing Festival in May 26-29, 2016. Scholarship awarded to students and alumni of the American River College English Department’s Creative Writing Program.

February 2016

Honored to have been a finalist for the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, a poetry prize contest organized by the African Poetry Book Fund. The judges for the prize included Chris Abani, Bernardine Evaristo, Matthew Shenoda, Gabeba Baderoon, John Keene, and Kwame Dawes, who also serves as Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Prairie Schooner Editor-in-Chief.

September 2015

Honored to have my poem featured on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed, as of September 30th. My poem “What Happened to the Cameroonian Poet Who Fell in Love?” was featured on Freshly Pressed, and my blog now sports a beautiful badge to confirm that Letters to Cameroon has been officially “Freshly Pressed”–a great endorsement of my humble blog.

August 2015

Honored to be a featured poet for the Mosaic of Voices reading series in Sacramento, California, where I gave a 25-minutes reading of poems from BIRD FROM AFRICA. The event was organized by miss Nancy Gonzalez and sponsored by the Sacramento Poetry Center and the bookstore Avid Reader at Tower. Honored to read alongside the poet NSAA/Lawrence Dinkins.

July 2015

Honored to read poems from my BIRD FROM AFRICA chapbook at the Poetry Foundation, in Chicago. I participated in an event celebrating the poets of the African Poetry Book Fund’s beautiful series, the New-Generation African Poets. The event was sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the Poetry Society of America. The event opened with a discussion by Kwame Dawes, Chris Abani, and Matthew Shenoda. The poetry reading featured Warsan Shire, Ladan Osman, Tsitsi Jaji, Amy Lukau, and Viola Allo.

April 2015

I am honored to be one of the 14 finalists for the 2014 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. My poems were selected as finalists from a pool over 1,500 submitted entries and were awarded two honorable mentions.

April 2015

My very first poetry chapbook is part of a wonderful and beautifully designed box-set series called Eight New Generation African Poets, published by the African Poetry Book Fund and Akashic Books. It will be available as of April 2015.

2014 – 2015

My first chapbook manuscript has been accepted for inclusion in the African Poetry Book Fund’s new chapbook box set series. The chapbook will be part of their 2015 series (the “New Generation African Poets” chapbook series). This is a very special honor for me.

2014 

I was thrilled to be on the Brunel University African Poetry Prize shortlist for 2014 as one of six finalists. I am always proud to represent Cameroon.

2013

I was on the Brunel University African Poetry Prize shortlist for 2013 as one of six finalists.

2011

My poem “Nigerian Girl With Calabash” was selected as ‘Best in the Nation’ by the Community College Humanities Association.

My poem “Nigerian Girl With Calabash” was selected for publication (a second time) by the American River Review and was included in the literary magazine’s ten-year anniversary edition published in 2011.

2010

My poem “Nigerian Girl With Calabash” was published in the Library of Congress anthology, Poetry for the Mind’s Joy, organized by Poet Laureate Kay Ryan.

I was a poetry recipient of an Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation Fellowship to attend the UC Davis Tomales Bay Workshops (where I completed the conference poetry workshop taught by Terrance Hayes).

My poem “Hunger Flew With Me From Africa” was selected for publication in plain china‘s 2010 anthology of best undergraduate writing.

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