Juliane Okot Bitek Email: jobitek@gmail.com

Website: julianeokotbitek.com 


Juliane is a Liu Scholar alumna and PhD candidate (Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Program) with her home department at the Liu Insitute for Global Issues. Her research around identity, citizenship and forgetting has led her to do fieldwork in Arusha, Kigwa, Tabora, Gulu, Musoma, Tarime, Butiaba, Bukoba, Kampala, Lira, London and Mwanza. Her latest publication, 100 Days (U of Alberta Press 2016), is a collection of poetry that negotiates ways to remember the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. Juliane’s poetry was exhibited at the Liu Lobby Gallery in spring 2011 (Drawing Maps, Telling Stories) and  in summer 2015 (Resisting Voice: A Selection of Poems from 100 Days Kwibuka 20). Juliane’s poetry has been anthologized in Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House 2013) and Revolving City: 51 Poems and Stories Behind Them (Anvil Press 2015). Her work has also been published in International Journal for Transitional Justice (Oxford UP Vol. 6 2012) – “A Chronology for Compassion or Towards a Compassionate Future.” 100 Days has been shortlisted for the 2017 Pat Lowther Award, the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry and won a gold prize for the 2016 Foreword INDIES Award for Poetry.

Her essays, reviews, interviews and other writing can be widely found online and on her website at julianeokotbitek.com

“My Son is a Story” African Writing Online

“The Things We Carried” Maple Tree Literary Supplement

“The Powdering of History: Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust” Warscapes.com

“The Oppressive Silencing” Warscapes.com

“Who Wants to Forget and Who Wants to Remember?: An Interview with Juliane Okot Bitek Prism International