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. She is a recipient of the 2019 92Y / Discovery Poetry Prize. In addition, her work has been recognized with the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Prize, the “Bridging the Gap” Slice Literary Award for emerging writers, a Luminaire Poetry Award and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She is currently a 2019 finalist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. 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, where she is an MFA candidate, and edits poetry for American Chordata. Please visit the contact page for bookings.