Poet. Editor. Educator.



Omotara James is the author of the chapbook, “Daughter Tongue,” selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Born in Britain, she is the daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants. A former social worker in the field of Harm Reduction, she has been awarded fellowships from Lambda Literary and Cave Canem Foundation. Her work has been recognized with the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Prize, a Luminaire Poetry Award and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. She won the “Bridging the Gap” Slice Literary Award for emerging writers and edits poetry for American Chordata. Her poetry has appeared in the Poem-a-Day series on, Literary Hub, Poetry Society of America, The Recluse, Nat.Brut, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere, including various anthologies. Currently she teaches at New York University. Please visit the contact page for bookings.