Ber Anena
Ber Anena is a Ugandan poet, writer, and performer. Her writing has been published in The Atlantic, adda, Black Warrior Review, Off Assignment, and New Daughters of Africa anthology, among others. Anena is the author of A Nation in Labor, a debut poetry collection that won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa in 2018. She attended the MFA Writing program at Columbia University in New York and is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In a Nebraska grocery store, packets of corn yellow 
at me from the shelves and I’m back to the planting  
season, when the rains have appeased the land.