Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek
Otoniya Juliane Okot Bitek is a poet. Her book 100 Days (University of Alberta, 2016) was nominated for several writing prizes including the 2017 BC Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the 2017 Alberta Book Awards, and the 2017 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry. It won the 2017 IndieFab Book of the Year Award for poetry and the 2017 Glenna Lushei Prize for African Poetry. Juliane’s poem “Migration: Salt Stories” was shortlisted for the 2017 National Magazine Awards for Poetry in Canada. Her poem “Gauntlet” was longlisted for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize and is the title of her most recent chapbook (Nomados Press, 2019). Otoniya is also the author of Sublime: Lost Words (The Elephants, 2018). She was the Fall 2019 Writer-in-Residence for The Capilano Review and the Spring 2019 Writer-in-Residence at Capilano University. She is the 2020 Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University. Otoniya lives with gratitude on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people in what we currently call Vancouver.