Isele Magazine

The Best of New Literature and Art

Isele Magazine Editors


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 the winner of the VCFA Emerging Writer Scholarship, the Prince Claus Fund Grant, the SpringNG Women Authors Prize for her novel, Ogadinma; a runner-up for the Gerald Kraak Prize; 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 Ph.D. in English at the University of South Dakota—Vermillion.

Managing Editor/Fiction Editor:

Tracy Haught holds an MFA in Writing & Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Awakened Voices, Barzakh Magazine, Cybersoleil, Helix Magazine, Hunger Mountain Literary Journal, Isele Magazine, The Lumiere Review, Magnapoets, The Montpelier Bridge, The Oklahoma Review, Poetry for the Masses, Polyphony, Prime Mincer, SLAB Lit Mag, Sugar Mule, and others. Twitter: @haught_tracy

Contributing Nonfiction Editor:

Rebecca Jamieson‘s writing has appeared in various publications, including Entropy, The Offing, Hunger Mountain, and Rattle. Her chapbook of poetry, The Body of All Things, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. She is the founder of Contemplate Create, where she teaches creative writing with a mindfulness lens. Rebecca holds an MFA in Writing & Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives on traditional Ho-Chunk land in Madison, Wisconsin.

Contributing 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.

Contributing Nonfiction Editor:

Adachioma Ezeano is a second-year MFA student at the University of Kentucky. She grew up in Nigeria, studied at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, worked with First Bank of Nigeria before moving to Kentucky. She is an alum of the Purple Hibiscus Workshop. Her works have appeared in Best Short Stories 2021, Best Small Fictions 2020, McSweeney’s Quarterly, FlashBack-Fictions, Deyu African, Question Marker. In 2019, she got nominated for Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions. She’s an O. Henry Prize recipient.

Editor, Isele Quarterly:

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.

Assistant Editor, Nonfiction:

Chideraa Ike-Akaenyi is a fiction writer and essayist. She is currently concluding a degree program in English Language (Literature major) at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. She writes literary fiction or essays and has been published on Kreative Diadem, Crater, Nigigareview, Itanile, and elsewhere.

She believes in the power of stories to change narratives and does that in her pieces on enuresis, being bi-racial in Nigeria, and erotic literature. She has volunteered as a Columnist for the Campus Chronicler Newspaper and interned with Crater Digital Library. She is an alumnus of the SprinNG Writing Fellowship (2021). 

Assistant Editor:

Uchenna Emelife is a literary curator, an arts administrator, a bookseller, and a human rights advocate. He is the co-founder and creative director of Book O’clock — a literary platform in Sokoto that hosts a literary blog, book clubs, and a bookstore. In 2021, he co-curated the first Book and Arts Festival in Sokoto and was nominated as Mediapreneur of the Year in the Founder of the Year Awards. Uchenna Emelife is as well an advocate for Child Rights, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, and anti-Sexual and Gender-based Violence. As a fellow of the African Youth Adolescent Network (AfriYAN), he has been contracted for various virtual campaigns to support the cause by Education as a Vaccine and United Nations Population Fund (UNPA).


Kenechi Uzor – Deputy Editor

Amara Nicole Okolo – Art & Photography Editor

Saddiq Dzukogi – Poetry Editor

Cameron Finch – Guest Editor

Chiamaka Okike – Editorial Intern

Maya Surya Pillay – Editorial Intern

Paul Wambua Muindi – Editorial Intern

Oluwadunsin Sanya – Editorial Intern

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