#LIPFest2016 Guest Feature – Nigeria’s Dami Ajayi (‘Doctor of Poetry’)

Dami Ajayi is a Nigerian poet, short story writer, music reviewer, publisher and medical doctor. His acclaimed book of poems, Clinical Blues, was shortlisted for Melita Hume Prize and 2015 ANA Poetry Prize. His electronic chapbook, Daybreak and other poems, published in 2015 garnered an impressive online readership. On the strength of both collections, he has been described as “one of the new voices in African poetry”. His fiction has appeared online as well as in print in several anthologies including Jalada, Brittlepaper, Kalahari Review, Gambit: Newer African Writing and Songhai 12: New Nigerian Voices. His music reviews, book reviews and other writings have appeared in the Guardian UK, Wawa Review of Books, OlisaTV, NaijCom, Bakwa Magazine and elsewhere.

Dami, besides being the co-publisher/founder of Saraba Magazine, he also serves on its board and edits fiction for the publication. His hugely anticipated second poetry collection tentatively called The World According to Affection is due for release in 2017. Dami lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

Credit: lagospoetryfestival.com

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