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 poet and novelist.[1] He is the author of Descent & Other Poems and The Day Ends Like Any Day.[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 a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Cambridge, and was recently a Visiting Research Fellow at Brown University.

Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he was shortlisted for the 2010 Arvon International Poetry Competition,[13] and his collection, Descent & Other Poems , was included in the Australian Book Review's Books of the Year 2016[14] and was also listed as a Literary Hub favourite for 2017.[15]

Of his poetry, Felicity Plunkett writes: "Timothy Ogene’s poems are writings of witness, displacement and beauty. Instead of a home address there are poems as address, at once exquisitely gentle and acute. The sharpness of the poems’ blades—whether literal, like the blades that peel Cassavas and leave the speaker's arms scarred, or deeper injuries of trauma and loss—sits alongside their subtlety and tenderness. These are poems of deep attentiveness to the smallest encounters, and to the largest questions of love, doubt, solitude and migration. Their crafting reveals Ogene's deep reading, both of poetry and of the landscapes the poems explore. How do poems that bear witness to violence, loss and displacement open so gently to the reader? This paradox is one of many in these wise, important poems. I am reminded of Hélène Cixous’s description of Paul Celan’s poetry as ‘writing that speaks of and through disaster such that disaster and desert become author or spring’. Where trees hold ‘time in absent leaves’, these poems mourn roots but refrain from ‘easy paths’, offering, instead, the force and grace of a numinous poetics."[16]

In 2008, Timothy was among those selected to participate in the first Jane Goodall Global Youth Summit,[17] and in 2009 he was awarded a Dekeyser & Friends Fellowship by the Dekeyser & Friends Foundation.[18]

While living in Liberia, Timothy was a mentor at the Strongheart Fellows Program, "an innovative educational program to help exceptional young people from extremely challenging backgrounds rise above circumstance and excel in our larger shared world."[19] He also volunteeered part-time teaching literature at Robertsport High School in Grand Cape Mount County.



  • Descent & Other Poems, Deerbrook Editions, 2016 (finalist, Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry)[20]


  • The Day Ends Like Any Day, Holland House Books, 2017( winner, Book of the Year Award – Creative Writing, African Literature Association)[21]
  • Frank Jasper, Swift Press, 2021[22]


  1. ^ "Timothy Ogene". timothyogene.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Absent Calls", Numero Cinq. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  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 29 March 2017.
  8. ^ hongkongrb (25 January 2017). "Welcome to Lagos". HONG KONG REVIEW OF BOOKS 香港書評. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  9. ^ Glasgow Review of Books (29 March 2017). "A TROUBLING TRANSFORMATION: A. Igoni Barrett's 'Blackass'". Glasgow Review of Books. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Monologue for Country and Ex-Neighbours", Tahoma Literary Review. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  11. ^ "A Strand of Ice", The Missing Slate. Retrieved 21 November 2016
  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 4 February 2017.
  14. ^ 2016 Books of the Year, Australian Book Review.
  15. ^ "Our Favourite Collection of 2017". Literary Hub.
  16. ^ . Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Descent-Other-Poems-Timothy-Ogene/dp/0997505109/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Timothy+Ogene&qid=1577367404&sr=8-1. Retrieved 26 December 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Jane Goodall's Global Youth Summit". Flickr. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  18. ^ "MUSEUM PROJECT – Dekeyser & Friends". Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  19. ^ "History". Strongheart Group. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  20. ^ africanpoetrybf. "Ugandan Poet Juliane Okot Bitek Wins 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for 100 Days". African Poetry Book Fund. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  21. ^ "Book of the Year Award – Creative Writing | African Literature Association". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Timothy Ogene | United Agents". www.unitedagents.co.uk. Retrieved 11 July 2020.