"The notion of a global village has demolished all cultural barriers with the emergence of a global literary culture where works of great writers can receive adequate global attention on the world's literary playground . . ."
My co-editor Sola Owonibi, of Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, Nigeria, and I, Beth Virtanen, at the University of Puerto Rico, have received confirmation of interest from our publisher Ramsden Publications of Ibadan, Ngeria, for our proposed book. We are inviting contributions to a book on collected essays on the work of the Nigerian-born poet Tayo Olafioye who has spent the last twenty years writing and working in the United States. This collection of essays commemorates his many successful years as poet, world citizen, social critic, learned scholar, and beloved teacher. We are soliciting manuscripts on any aspects of the work of Tayo Olafioye. This project commemorates his commitment to the improvement of society, one individual at a time, through his thoughtful interaction with colleagues and competitors, friends and friendly adversaries, students and aspiring literati.
Nigerian-born writer Tayo Pete Olafioye is a Professor of English at National University and Southwestern College in San Diego, California. He has won the Golden Poet Award in San Francisco and the National Library Award of America.
His books include the following:
Forthcoming – Dining with the Gods: Stories from Africa. Lagos, Nigeria: Malthouse.
Forthcoming - My Heart Swims in the Tears of Happiness. Lagos, Nigeria: Malthouse.
2004 – Tomorrow Left Us Yesterday. Poems. Lagos, Nigeria: Malthouse, 2004.
2002 - Selected Poems 1984-2002. Poetry. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
2002 - The Parliament of Idiots. Poetry. Kraft: Ibadan.
2000 - Ubangiji: The Conscience of Eternity. Poetry. Lagos/Oxford: Malthouse.
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