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Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Black Global & Diasporic Poetry
Year Started at JMU: 2023
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Gbenga Adesina is a Nigerian poet and essayist. He received his MFA from New York University, where he was a Goldwater Fellow and was mentored by Yusef Komunyakaa. His chapbook Painter of Water was published as part of the New-Generation African Poets series from Akashic Books, and his poem “Across the Sea: A Sequence” won the 2020 Narrative Prize. Adesina has received fellowships and support from Poets House, New York, the Fine Arts Work Center and the Norman Mailer Center, and he was the 2019–20 Olive B.O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University, where he taught a poetry class called Song of the Human. His work has been published in the Harvard ReviewPrairie Schooner, the Yale Review, the New York Times and elsewhere. His research and teaching interests include Black Feminist Archival Poetics, Narratives of Migration, Postcolonial poetics, Ecologies of Belonging among others. He's completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the intersection of poetry and postcolonial studies at Florida State University where he was the Interviews Editor of the Southeast Review. 

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