Short biography

REMI RAJI is the pen name of Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, Nigerian poet, scholar, literary organiser, and cultural activist. His first collection of poems – A Harvest of Laughters (1997) – has won national and international recognition. A Salzburg Fellow and visiting professor and writer to a number of institutions including Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Universities of California at Riverside and Irvine, University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Cambridge University, UK., Raji’s scholarly essays have appeared in journals including Research in African Literatures and African Literature Today. He has read his poems widely in Africa, Europe and America. In 2005, he served as the Guest Writer to the City of Stockholm, Sweden. His other volumes of poetry include Webs of Remembrance (2001, rpt. 2003), Shuttlesongs America: A Poetic Guided Tour (2003), and Lovesong for my Wasteland (2005). Raji’s works have been translated into French, German, Catalan, Swedish, Ukrainian, and Latvian. He has been an Alexander von Humboldt Scholar to Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. He currently teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the Department of English, University of Ibadan.