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Juliane Okot Bitek


Juliane is a poet-scholar whose 100 Days, a collection of poetry on how to remember the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, won the 2017 Glenna Luschie Prize for African Poetry and the 2017 INDIEFAB Book of the Year (Poetry) award. It was also nominated for several writing prizes. Juliane's most recent writings include: “What Choices between Nightmares: Intersecting Local, Global and Intimate Stories of Pain in Peacebuilding” Peacebuilding and the Arts (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2020); “Conversations at the Crossroads: Indigenous and Black Writers Talk” Ariel: A Review of International English LIterature (2020) and “Treachery as Colonial Intent: A Poetic Response Critical African Studies” (2021).

Research Interests

African literature; Black Studies; Creative Writing (especially poetry); Black theory; Black Diasporic literature; oral traditions; war and trauma literature; history and cultural memory; Black and Indigenous cultural relations

Selected Publications
Creative writing description
  • African literature; Black Studies,
  • Creative Writing (especially poetry),
  • Black theory
  • Black Diasporic literature,
  • oral traditions,
  • war and trauma literature,
  • history and cultural memory,
  • Black and Indigenous cultural relations

Teaching in 2021-22:


Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.