Uche Ogbuji

Uche Ogbuji, more properly Úchèńnà Ogbújí, was born in Calabar, Nigeria. He'd lived, among other places, in Egypt and England, but never anywhere longer than 3 years in his life until he came to Colorado. Here he was instantly smitten by the mountain landscape and cultural flavor, and has now settled near Boulder with his wife and four children. Uche is a computer engineer and entrepreneur whose abiding passion is poetry. His chapbook of poems Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press, 2013) is a Colorado Book Award Winner, and a Westword Award Winner ("Best Environmental Poetry"). His full-length book of poems Ńchéfù Road (forthcoming in 2020) is winner of the Christopher Smart Prize. Work published worldwide fuses Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop.

Ogbuji co-hosts the Colorado-flavored Poetry Voice podcast with Kierstin Bridger. He is former editor at Kin Poetry Journal and The Nervous Breakdown, and featured in the Best New African Poets anthology. Ogbuji tweets at @uogbuji and in his spare time snowboards, coaches and plays soccer.