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O-Jeremiah (Oluwatoyosi) Agbaakin

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PhD Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant, First Year Writing

O-Jeremiah Agbaakin holds a law degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MFA at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of The Sign of the Ram (APBF/Akashic Books, 2023), selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the New Generation African Poets Chapbook series. His poems are published/forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, EPOCH magazine, Guernica, Kenyon Review, POETRY Magazine, Quarterly West, Harvard University’s TRANSITION magazine, Poetry Daily, Poetry Society of America, and elsewhere. A  member of the Unserious Collective, he’s the recipient of scholarship & fellowship from Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) Residency, Bread Loaf, Key West Literary Seminar, and Tin House; as well as second place winner of the Grist Journal Contest, finalist of Quarterly West Contest, Chad Walsh Chapbook Series, Black Warrior Review contest, and Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He serves as the poetry editor of Yaba Left Review and is a doctoral student of Creative Writing at University of Georgia.


MFA, (Poetry) University of Mississippi, 2023

LLB, (Bachelor of Law) University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 2017

Of note:


  • Graduate School Awards, Alfred E. Brown Scholarship
  • English Graduate Student Awards, Brown and Everett Award
  • Willson Centre for Humanities and Arts, Graduate Research Award
  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts Residency, Fellowship
  • Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, Scholarship


  • Key West Literary Seminar Workshop, Fellowship
Events featuring Abhijit Sarmah, Ellen Boyette, Erik Brown, O-Jeremiah (Oluwatoyosi) Agbaakin, Maxime Berclaz
Graduate Reading Room, Third Floor, Main Library

The Sentimental Touring Club is an annual reading series by graduate students in the Creative Writing Program. We are truly a sentimental bunch but be warned we are not miserable not miserly with our gifts! On Friday, March 29th at 6pm in the Graduate Reading Room, some of us will make you cry; some will make you laugh, but we:…

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