Jerry Chiemeke

Jerry Chiemeke is a columnist, culture critic and lawyer. His works have appeared in The Inlandia Journal, The Johannesburg Review of Books, The Guardian, Honey & Lime, Bone and Ink Press and Agbowo, among others. A lover of long walks and alternative rock music, Jerry lives in Lagos, Nigeria where he is working on a novel. He is the winner of the 2017 Ken Saro Wiwa Prize for Reviews, and he was shortlisted for the 2019 Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction. Jerry has been a featured contributor for platforms like Okadabooks, Bellanaija, The Bagus, The Lagos Review and the Opera News Hub. He has also facilitated writing workshops in different parts of Nigeria, and for his contribution to the Nigerian literary community, he was presented with the 2019 Connect Nigeria Award for Excellence.

Books by Jerry Chiemeke

the colours in these leaves

"The Colours In These Leaves" is a hybrid of poetry and non-fictional prose that dwells on the human condition. Introspective, purgatory and sometimes self-deprecating, "The Colours In These Leaves" examines a wide range of themes, including heartbreak, loss, disillusionment, depression, fickle human relationships and the allure of suicide. It provides little hope, but it's honest in all its gloom. With the need for increased mental awareness, this book is as relevant as it is confessional.

notes for nnedimma

"Notes for Nnedimma" is a short collection of intense, sensual poems. A body of work that defies the rules of conventional poetry compilations, it explores the nuances of lust, desire, love and divine femininity. Lyrical in the flow of its verses and deliberate in the delivery of its lines, "Notes for Nnedimma" reads like a medley of love songs, with all the accompanying tingles and blushes.


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