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Verissimo teaches a monthly poetry workshop in Ibadan, where she now lives, with her husband and a daughter. She is currently working on a new book... "The Birth of Illusion".

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The Birth of Illusion - Jumoke Verissimo
I am Memory - Jumoke Verissimo

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"Confident, passionate, sensual... a powerful debut." - Biyi Bandele on 'I Am Memory'


About the Author

Jumoke Verissimo

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, on 26 December 1979, Verissimo is the author of two poetry collections. The award-winning I am memory (Dada Books, 2008), and recently published, The Birth of Illusion (Fullpoint, 2015). Her novel manuscript was longlisted for Kwani prize in 2012.

She holds a BA Literature-in-English from the Lagos State University, Ojo and an MA African Studies from the University of Ibadan. She is a 2012 recipient of the Chinua Achebe Centre Fellowship. Verissimo has travelled performed her poetry at major world festivals.

Verissimo writes short stories and is currently working on a new novel. Her works has appeared in The Guardian, Farafina, Opon Ifa, The Journal, Chimurenga, Saku (Japan), Kitap (Turkey), Gunu (Mongolia), Biblio (India), Voldposten (Norway), Modernity (Macedonia, 2014) and several anthologies.

She works as a writer, researcher and editor.