Rasaq Malik Gbolahan

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Rasaq Malik Gbolahan is a Nigerian poet, an essayist, a translator, and a teacher of the Yoruba language. As a performance poet, he has a more than a decade stint in performing his poems in English and Yoruba. He has also helped individuals and organizations in translating their projects from English into the Yoruba language. He is the co-founder of Atelewo (www.atelewo.org), the first digital platform devoted to publishing literary work written in the Yoruba language in Nigeria. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks— No Home In This Land”, selected for Chapbook Box edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, and The Other Names of Grief published by Konya Shamsrumi. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Nation, African American Review, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Lit Hub, Michigan Quarterly Review, Minnesota Review, New Orleans Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Rattle, Salt Hill, Spillway, Stand, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He won the Honorable Mention in 2015 Best of the Net for his poem Elegy, published in One. In 2017, Rattle and Poet Lore nominated my poems for the Pushcart Prize. He was shortlisted for Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2017. He was a finalist for Sillerman First Book for African Poets in 2018. Rasaq believes fervently in poetry’s capability to heal, to enhance our understanding of the fleetingness of the world. He believes it is pivotal for us as humans to narrate and document our stories, to open the doors of dreams while we still breathe. His writings explore the joy and the tragedies of the world, and he believes God loves you.

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