Timothy Ogene

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Timothy Ogene
OccupationNovelist, poet
Alma mater
  • St. Edward's University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Oxford

Timothy Ogene is a Nigerian poet and novelist.[1] He is the author of Descent & Other Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2016) and The Day Ends Like Any Day (Holland House Books, 2017).[2]


Born in Nigeria, Timothy has since lived in Liberia, Germany, the United States, and England. His work has appeared in Tincture Journal,[3] Numero Cinq,[4] One Throne Magazine,[5] Poetry Quarterly,[6] Harvard Review,[7] Hong Kong Review of Books,[8] Glasgow Review of Books,[9] Tahoma Literary Review,[10] The Missing Slate,[11] Stirring, Kin Poetry Journal, Mad Swirl, Blue Rock Review, and other places. He holds a first degree in English and History from St. Edward's University, a Master's in World Literatures in English from the University of Oxford,[12] and a Master's in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Research Fellow at Brown University.

Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he was shortlisted for the 2010 Arvon International Poetry Competition.[13] Australian Book Review included Descent & Other Poems in its 2016 Books of the Year.[14] It was also listed as a 2017 favourite by Literary Hub,[15] and was a finalist for the 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize judged by John Keene, who praised it as a “lyric and emotional journey that swiftly and utterly captures the reader’s eye and heart.”[16] His novel, The Day Ends Like Any Day, received the 2019 Book of the Year Award (Creative Writing) presened by African Literature Association (ALA).

The title of his novel, The Day Ends Like Any Day, is the ninth line of "A Half-Life" by Henri Cole.


  • Descent & Other Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2016)
  • The Day Ends Like Any Day (Holland House Books, 2017)


  1. ^ "Timothy Ogene". timothyogene.com. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  2. ^ "Absent Calls", Numero Cinq. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  3. ^ "A Sequence", Tincture Journal.
  4. ^ "Absent Calls", Numero Cinq.
  5. ^ "Notes from A Discarded Memoir", One Throne Magazine.
  6. ^ Poetry Quarterly.
  7. ^ "Timothy Ogene | Harvard Review Online". harvardreview.fas.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  8. ^ hongkongrb (2017-01-25). "Welcome to Lagos". HONG KONG REVIEW OF BOOKS 香港書評. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  9. ^ Glasgow Review of Books (2017-03-29). "A TROUBLING TRANSFORMATION: A. Igoni Barrett's 'Blackass'". Glasgow Review of Books. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  10. ^ "Monologue for Country and Ex-Neighbours", Tahoma Literary Review. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  11. ^ "A Strand of Ice", The Missing Slate. Retrieved 2016-11-21
  12. ^ New Perspectives on Chinua Achebe, or the Writer Outside his Writing – http://bit.ly/2gfqZW3
  13. ^ "Shortlist for Arvon Competition Announced | Write Out Loud". www.writeoutloud.net. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  14. ^ 2016 Books of the Year, Australian Book Review.
  15. ^ "Our Favourite Collection of 2017". Literary Hub.
  16. ^ "2017 Glenna Luschei Prize". African Poetry Book Fund. Retrieved 2017-12-21.