Thursday, December 02, 2010

Meet Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe

Kuukua Dzigborda Yomekpe
Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe is a Ghanaian who considers herself as an avid thinker and processor, culinary magician, dancer, a writer, a published author and more. She considers herself as interested in living life to its fullest and she is addicted to her computer. She was born in Ghana and moved to the United States at the age of 19. She graduated from Dayton University.

Her formal higher education started in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a BA and MA in English, and just recently acquired a degree in Theological Studies with a focus on Pastoral Counselling and Sexuality. In Fall, she will add an MFA to this list, at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She currently moonlights as an Event Planner at Pacific School of Religion, planning the Earl Lectures.

Kuukua is the author of several published essays such as All Because of a Name, The Audacity to Remain Single: The Single Black Woman and the Black Church, which won the second annual Marcella Althaus-Reid Award, Musings of An African Woman: Excerpts from a Memoir in Progress among others.

Publications
Prose Poetry
Spring 2009
Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (2nd Ed.)
Robyn Ochs and Sarah E. Rowley, ed.
Creative non-fiction prose poem:
Becoming Bi: The First Time
[nom de plume Ewurakua Sempe II]
ISBN 978-0-965-3881-5-3
$18.95
or order here


Prose/Personal Essay
Summer 2010
African Women Writing Resistance
Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho and Anne Serafin, ed.
[Musings of an African Woman: Excerpts from a Memoir in Progress
Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe (Ghana)]


3 Personal Essays:
All Because of a Name
I am Beautiful The Way God Made Me!
Immigrants In a Foreign Land
University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN-10: 0-299-23664-1 (Paper)


Creative Non-Fiction
Summer 2010
Inside Your Ear: Selected Writings from Oakland Word
Kenji C. Lui, ed.
The Coal Pot
Oakland Public Library press
Read it here

The author has spoken at several events including the El Mundo Zurdo, an international conference on the life and work of Gloria E. Anzaldua, where together with Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, they talked on Through the Looking Glass: Radical Identity Formation.

Kuukua has agreed to be interviewed for ImageNations, so keep watching this space.

9 comments:

  1. Not heard about her before. She appears to have great talent. Nana, you are doing a good job by unveiling some of this personalities to us.

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  2. @Geosi, I actually met her while she was in Ghana a while ago. She was with Mamle Kabu, whose work also appeared in the Women Writing Resistance anthology.

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  3. What a fascinating sounding author Nana. A great and diverse list of publications for sure.

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  4. @Amy yes... it's that which fascinates me.

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  5. Kuukua is my childhood friend and i know that she is a Maya Angelou in the making. A Phenomenon woman indeed. Watch out for more suprises.

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  6. @Anonymous: We would. Her resume looks impressive.

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  7. She is awesome...and I'm not just saying that because she is my sister!

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  8. @Anonymous i met her once when she came to Ghana and I agree with you.

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  9. Apu you're awsome and I love you!!

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