Issue 7 / Poetry

February/ March Poetry Editor Spotlight: David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu ...

David Ishaya Osu, a Nigerian poet, is our poetry editor for February and March. His work has appeared in: Eureka Street, Atlas Poetica: A Journal of World Tanka, Birmingham Arts Journal, Vinyl Poetry, Grey Sparrow Journal, RædLeaf Poetry: The African Diaspora Folio, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, among others. David is a board member of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, and has been selected for the 2016 USA Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. David believes in water, rainbow, and underwears.

Why be an editor for The James Franco Review?

Because I want to see the ninth colour of the rainbow. Because the world needs to see how miraculous underwears relate with a rainbow. Because rainbow is a g-string. Because editing The James Franco Review is a chance to say “an open door is an open door”.

What have you read lately that’s excited you?

The Chronology of Water. Lidia Yuknavitch showed the miracles of memory and poetry. In all, what excites me is the chronology of water.


Submit your poetry to David here. Submissions open February 1.