I am a Ghanaian American artist who writes poetry and teaches contemporary and traditional West African dance. A 2018 & 2015 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes its Own) recipient, I write about the challenges of the African immigrant in the United States, exploring themes of transition, citizenship, and identity. My work can be seen or is forthcoming in FOLIO, TAB, The Seventh Wave, PUBLIC POOL, Vinyl, Maine Review, joINT, Frontier & elsewhere.
I was recently a student at Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA program working on several hybrid projects on migration and exile, using stories from the Bible & my personal experiences as my primary source.
I am currently working on a mixed genre project that explores 60 Adinkra symbols believed to have been created by a captured king, Gyaman Adinkra. The first of these poems has been published at JoINT and four more are forthcoming in the Kalahari Review.
American Mercy was born out of a deep search to uncover the meaning of immigrant and American. In searching for the poetic understanding of such terms, I came to the crossroad of creation and creator, how making a person is like building a country or even a people. In a country leaders sometimes become so powerful they sometimes think they are like a god and they manipulate the weak.
I am immensely grateful the Blue Mountain Center for allowing me the space, view and inspiration to complete this work.
I hope you will come on this journey with me!