Nick Makoha


Nick Makoha is the founder of the Obsidian Foundation and winner of the 2021 Ivan Juritz Prize. His 2017 debut collection, Kingdom of Gravity, was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and was one of the Guardian’s best books of the year. Nick is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and the Complete Works alumnus. He won the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. His poems have appeared in the Cambridge Review, New York Times, Poetry Review, The Rialto, Poetry London, TriQuarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. He is a trustee for the Arvon Foundation and the Ministry of Stories, and a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective.

  • October 11, 2021 Nick Makoha
    Photo by J. Triepke / Flickr Series editor’s note: The speaker in Nick Makoha’s poem is an unexpected one: Icarus, coming back to reclaim his narrative, approaching Basquiat with a simple re…