Juliane Okot Bitek


Room Magazine - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

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.

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