Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright and performer, as well as a graphic artist and designer. He is the founder of The Midnight Run, an arts-filled, nighttime, urban walking experience; The Rhythm and Poetry Party (The R.A.P Party), which celebrates poetry and hip hop; and Poetry + Film / Hack (P+F/H), which celebrates poetry and film. Identity, displacement and destiny are recurring themes in his work, where he tries to mix the old with the new: traditional African oral storytelling with contemporary poetics, paint with pixel, texture with vector. His books are published by flipped eye, Akashic, Nine Arches, Penned in the Margins and Oberon & Methuen.
Photo: Henry Nicholls