Isele Magazine

The Best of New Literature and Art

Isele Magazine Editors

Ukamaka Olisakwe is the author of Ogadinma. In 2014, she was named one of Africa’s most promising writers under the age of 40 by the UNESCO World Book Capital for the Africa39 project. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary fellowship in Writing from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. In 2018, she won the Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Emerging Writer Scholarship for the MFA in Writing and Publishing program.

Ukamaka is a finalist for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, and has had her works appear in the New York TimesLongreads, The Rumpus, Catapult, Rattle, Waxwing, Jalada, Hunger Moutain, Sampsonia Way, and more. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of South Dakota—Vermillion.

Ukamaka Olisakwe, Founder/ Publisher/ Editor in Chief (Image: Jess Dewes)

Kenechi Uzor is the founder and CEO Of Iskanchi Press & Mag. He has worked as a journalist, an editor, and a librarian. His writing has been included in anthologies and has appeared in Electric Literature, The Millions, Catapult, Litro Magazine, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Blue Monday Review, Brittle Paper, Afridiaspora,  and a few others.

He is a 2020 Tin House Scholar, a winner of the Scowcroft Prose prize, and has received residency and fellowship awards from Ebedi International Residency and the Dee Artists’ Colony. Kenechi Uzor teaches writing at the University of Utah, where he is rounding up his MFA degree in creative writing.

Kenechi Uzor, Deputy 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. A former military wife, soccer mom, teacher, and now, divorcee, 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. 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.

Tracy Haught, Fiction Editor (Image: Jess Dewes)

Saddiq Dzukogi is the author of Your Crib, My Qibla (University of Nebraska Press 2021). His poems have appeared or forthcoming in Oxford Review of Books, Kenyon Review, Salamander, Southeast Review, and Obsidian, among others.  

He is currently a PhD student in English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

Saddiq Dzukogi, Poetry 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.

Rebecca Jamieson, Nonfiction Editor (Image: Jess Dewes)

Amara Okolo is a fiction writer and non-fiction writer and the author of three books, Black Sparkle Romance, Son of Man and Daughters of Salt. A participant in Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina Creative Writing Workshop (2015) and the Invisible Borders Trans African Project (2017), she often speaks at book events and festivals. In 2018 she was the writer-in-residence and Honorary Fellow of the prestigious International Writing Programme (IWP 2018) at the University of Iowa, and of the City of Asylum Residency, Pittsburgh.

A lawyer, her theme of writing is partly inspired by/focused on medical conditions. Her essay, The Things We Never Say, was published by Catapult (2017) and her story, Swallowed Things, by the Panorama Journal of Intelligent Travel (2018), the latter of which earned her a nomination for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has also appeared on Commonwealth Writers and WeTransfer. She is currently studying for an MFA in Writing and Publishing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she won the 2019 Emerging Writer Scholarship.

Amara Okolo, Fiction & Photography Editor

Cameron Finch’s writing has appeared in Entropy, Glass, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Queen Mob’s Tea House, among others. Her interviews with authors and small presses can be found in The Adroit Journal, CRAFT Literary, Electric Literature,Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Rumpus. She received her MFA in Writing and Publishing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her BA in Literature and Creative Writing from University of Michigan. She is the Associate Editor at Atmosphere Press and the Administrative Assistant of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Find out more about her at ccfinch.com or on Twitter at @_ccfinch_. 

Cameron Finch. Guest Editor, Fiction (Image: Jess Dewes)

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.

Megan Ross. Guest Editor, Nonfiction