Nick Makoha

About Nick Makoha

Nick Makoha is a Ugandan poet and playwright based in London.  He is the founder and Director of the Obsidian Foundation, which provides Black poets with resources and professional development.

Nick’s debut, “Kingdom of Gravity”, was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel Prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man.

Nick was writer in residence for the The Wordsworth Trust and Wasafiri. His play, “The Dark”, was directed by JMK award-winner Roy Alexander and shortlisted for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award. He has been involved in TV marketing campaigns for Nationwide: Celebrating Fatherhood and the Gillette: Being a Man digital campaign for the Southbank Centre in London. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Poetry London, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo and Wasafiri.