Juliane Okot Bitek

Juliane Okot Bitek

Assistant Professor

Black Studies; Gender Studies

Joint Appointment: English


613-533-6000 ext.79529

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D513

PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of British Columbia
MA (English), University of British Columbia 
BFA (Creative Writing), University of British Columbia

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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

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).

Selected Publications
100 Days. The University of Alberta Press, 2016

Teaching (2021-22)
CWRI 295/3.0 Introduction to Creative Writing in Short Fiction & Poetry

CWRI 393/3.0 Intermediate Writing in Prose