Juliane Okot Bitek

Juliane Okot Bitek

Assistant Professor

Black Studies; Gender Studies

Joint Appointment: English

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: Dr. Juliane Okot Bitek is a poet and scholar. Her 100 Days, a collection of poetry on how to remember the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, won the 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry and the INDIEFAB Book of the Year (Poetry) Award. It was also nominated for several writing prizes. Juliane’s most recent academic articles and contributions include: “What Choices Between Nightmares: Intersecting Local, Global and Intimate Stories of Pain in Peacebuilding” Peace Building and the Arts (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2020); and “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 (2022); and “States of Being: The Poet & Scholar as a Black, African, & Diasporic Woman”, Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy: Teaching, Learning and Researching While Black, edited by Awad Ibrahim et al (U of Toronto Press, 2022). A is for Acholi, a poetry collection, is forthcoming the fall of 2022 by Wolsak and Wynn. She is an Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Program at Queen’s University, joint appointed in Gender Studies and English. 

Photo credit: Greg Black photography