Joe Okonkwo

Author of Jazz Moon:
WINNER: 2016 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Finalist: 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction


Stride through the African metropolis
Teeming on the margin of America.
That sepia mayhem that sweats
To the dirge of spirituals
And struts with a horn in its heels.
Stride the toiling days and fervent nights,
Through the cacophony of
Savory tans and virile browns,
Through the majestic strivers
And the have-nots,
All dreaming amongst the asphalt
And flying on the lips of poems.

Stride. — from JAZZ MOON

Harlem, 1920s