Nigerian-American poet and dancer Oluwaseun Olayiwola is set to publish his debut poetry collection titled Strange Beach. It will be released by Soft Skull Press in the US and Granta in the UK.
He shared the news on Twitter:
Good morning Twitter,
In the dance-related storm of the past six weeks, I forgot to mention STRANGE BEACH will be published in the US by @softskull !!!
Stay tuned!! pic.twitter.com/AmctLJNCCo
— Oluwaseun Olayiwola (@itsamule) June 12, 2023
Strange Beach examines being a queer Nigerian-American man in a different country, far from home. The collection of poems explores the themes of sex, love, death and loss.
Based on the description, it sounds like it will joins the ranks of works celebrating queer experiences by poets such as Romeo Oriogun. We cannot wait to delve deep into what is sure to be stunning new queer poetry by Olayiwola.
Olayiwola is a Nigerian-American dancer, choreographer, poet, and critic based in London. He recently completed his MFA in Choreography from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in Dance where developed the hybrid choreo-poetic practice he utilizes in his live performance and written work. He was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his MFA in the UK.
Congrats to Olayiwola!