Juliane Okot Bitek
Juliane Okot Bitek is a poet. Her most recent publication, 100 Days (Alberta Press, 2016), won a gold prize for the 2017 Indies FOREWORD and was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, a BC Book Prize, and the Canadian Authors Award for Poetry. Juliane was also published in Room 20.3 (Fall 1997). She holds an MA in English and a BFA in Creative Writing, and is currently a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues.
Juliane’s work is complex and thought-provoking, as is evident in her new work for Room. In “Migrations: Salt Stories”, which Juliane described as a work of poetry that occupied so much space in her head that it was time to let it go, we are led through the complicated nature of migration and through the elements that dictate the movements we make.