Abayomi Animashaun is an immigrant from Nigeria. He has an MFA from the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas and a PhD from the University of Kansas. His poems have appeared in
Poetry Ireland Review, Diode, TriQuarterly, The Cortland Review, African American Review,
The Adirondack Review, Ruminate Magazine, Versedaily, and other journals.
A winner of the Hudson Prize and a recipient of a grant from the International Center for Writing
and Translation, Abayo is the author of two poetry collections, Sailing for Ithaca and The Giving
of Pears, and editor of two anthologies, Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry,
Influences, and Writing in America and Walking the Tightrope: Poetry and Prose by LGBTQ Writers
from Africa (edited with Spectra, Tatenda Muranda, Irwin Iradunkunda, and Timothy Kimutai). He
teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.