Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi is a poet, columnist, editor, and arts facilitator. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, she moved to Galway as a ten-year-old. She graduated from University College Dublin with honors, earning a BA in English and philosophy. As a UCD student, she served as editor of Otwo magazine for the school newspaper, The University Observer.
Enyi-Amadi’s work is widely published online and in print, notably in the anthology The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories, edited by Sinéad Gleeson (Head of Zeus, 2020). Her writing has also appeared in RTÉ’s Poetry Programme, The Irish Times, Architecture Ireland, Poetry International, Poetry Ireland Review, and The MASI Journal. Enyi-Amadi co-edited the anthology Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets (Dedalus Press, 2019). She has performed at many festivals and venues, including the Dublin Human Rights Festival, Mother Tongues, International Women’s Day, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and the Measuring Equality in the Arts Sector conference.
Enyi-Amadi is a recipient of the 2019 Poetry Ireland Access Cúirt Bursary, and her work was longlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards Writing.ie Short Story of the Year 2020. A columnist at rogue, Enyi-Amadi lives in Dublin.
Audio: Enyi-Amadi reads "How to Survive in a Pandemic" for podcast Words Lightly Spoken
Text: Three poems by Enyi-Amadi in response to IMMA's exhibition A Fiction Close to Reality
Video: Enyi-Amadi reads an extract from "Dishonouring the Dead" for Red Line Book Festival
Photo by Matthew Thompson.