SKIN INTO VERSE: a remix [poetry + fiction] by Yvonne Onakeme Etaghene



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SKIN INTO VERSE: a remix by Yvonne Onakeme Etaghene is a collection of poetry and stories, candid emotions, heartache, poems and stories that dive deep into those moments in our lives that words can barely name. These verses and paragraphs go there and offer a balm to the soul. Writing explores love, mental health, identity and family.

[24 pages]
(c) 2021

Yvonne Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw Urhobo Nigerian dyke poet, performer, author, dancer, playwright, visual artist and fashion designer. Yvonne wrote and acted in two one-woman shows: Volcano’s Birthright{s} and GUAVA. In 2015, she was awarded the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in short story fiction. She is the author of For Sizakele, a novel that addresses African lesbian/bisexual identity, love, intimate partner violence, and gender. Her mixed media visual art has been featured in four solo art exhibitions. She has published four poetry chapbooks and her writing has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Etaghene is the founder and creative director of Ankara Queen by Yv. Etaghene, a Nigerian fashion clothing and accessories line that provides space for a plethora of gender expressions while honoring and reimagining traditional Nigerian styles.

Etaghene is the host of the NIGERIAN DYKE REALNESS Podcast. Etaghene has performed in Nigeria, Brasil, South Africa, Canada, Britain and in the U.S. She received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Master’s degree from New York University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University. /

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