Chisom Okafor
Chisom Okafor, Nigerian poet and clinical nutritionist, lives in Alabama where he is studying for his MFA in Creative Writing, as a Graduate Council Fellow. He has received nominations for the Brunel Prize, the Gerald Kraak Prize, Sillerman First Book Prize, and Pushcart Prize. He has also received support from the Commonwealth Foundation and the Sundress Academy for the Arts. His debut full-length poetry collection is set to be published in Fall 2025 (APBF and University of Nebraska Press). He tweets @chisomokafor16.

but if I knew one person in the world who could die
for others, it was you,
if anything on this table is bitter, it must be my coffee
stripped of milk,

“Before now, I used to think death was the
nothing every other thing returns to,
but it’s safer, I suppose, to learn by practice.”