Isele Magazine

The Best of New Literature and Art

Isele Magazine Editors

Founder/Publisher/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, Longreads, The Rumpus, Catapult, Rattle, Waxwing, Jalada, Hunger Mountain, Sampsonia Way, and more. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of South Dakota—Vermillion.


Managing Editor/Fiction Editor:

Tracy Haught grew up in Wichita, Kansas, the product of a newspaper columnist and a poet. At the age of sixteen she left home to follow the Grateful Dead. She is a poet and writer who draws from her experiences to explore gender, class, societal expectations, addiction, and community. Tracy holds an MFA in Writing & Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the fiction editor for Isele Magazine. Her work has appeared in Awakened Voices, The Bridge, Cybersoleil, Magnapoets, Hunger Mountain, The Oklahoma Review, Prime Mincer, Sugar Mule and elsewhere. She still loves to wander but calls Vermont home.


Nonfiction Editor:

Rebecca Jamieson‘s writing has appeared in various publications, including The Offing, Rattle, Hunger Mountain, Lion’s Roar, and Stirring. Her chapbook of poetry, The Body of All Things, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017.

She holds an MFA in Writing & Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In her free time, she likes baking cookies, talking about feelings, and sticking it to the man.


Poetry Editor:

Megan Ross is the author of Milk Fever (uHlanga Press, 2018) a collection of poetry, and several short stories and essays that have gone on to achieve critical acclaim.

She is also an editor, journalist and graphic designer, working on both the copy & art aspects of book production for publishers across the African continent. She is a recipient of the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction (2017) and an Alumni Award for the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik (2016), as well as a finalist for the Gerald Kraak, Miles Morland, Short Story Day Africa and Short. Sharp Awards.


Editorial Intern:

Chiamaka Okike is an author, essayist and poet currently attending the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and studying business management. She grew up in the quietest corner of Ibadan where her love for writing grew and exploded. Her published work includes ‘If people are art then museums are graveyards’ available on amazon and okadabooks and – ‘14 lasts forever’ available on ActiveMuse.


Editorial Intern:

Yvonne Wabai is a Kenyan scientist, writer, and poet. Her work has appeared in The Daily Nation, The Kalahari Review, Writer’s Space Magazine, Women’s Media Centre, and more. She likes to spend her free time painting and gardening.


Editorial Intern:

Maya Surya Pillay was born in Durban, South Africa. She is currently a medical student at the University of Cape Town. Her writing has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Ja. Magazine, New Coin and the Johannesburg Review of Books, among other places. She can be found on Twitter as @canefires

Former Editors:


Kenechi Uzor – Deputy Editor, 2020 – 2021

Cameron Finch – Guest Editor, 2020

Saddiq Dzukogi – Poetry Editor, 2020

Amara Nicole Okolo – Arts Editor, 2020