Isele Magazine

The Best of New Literature and Art


Isele Magazine, founded in July 2020, publishes notable fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and book news/reviews from writers on the African continent and around the world.

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Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief

Ukamaka Olisakwe
 is the author of Ogadinma. She was born in Kano, Nigeria, and now lives in Vermillion, SD. A UNESCO-World Book Capital “Africa 39” honoree and a University of Iowa’s International Writing Program Fellow, she is a winner of the VCFA Emerging Writer Scholarship and the Prince Claus Fund Grant, and a finalist for the Miles Morland Scholarship, among other honors.

Her work has appeared in the New York TimesGranta, LongreadsThe RumpusCatapultRattleWaxwingJaladaHunger MountainSampsonia Way, and more. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of South Dakota—Vermillion.

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