Born in exile to Ugandan refugees, Hope Wabuke is a writer, essayist and poet. Her creative and scholarly work explores the literature of the global African diaspora as well as larger questions of immigration, the first-generation experience, the refugee experience, liminality, trauma, and inherited trauma. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a speciality in Creative Writing and African Poetics.
Hope is also a contributing editor for The Root and a contributing writer for the Kirkus Reviews. Her poetry has appeared in Border Crossing, Lit Hub, The North American Review, Potluck Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, Fjords Literary Journal, Salamander Literary Journal, NonBinary Review, JoINT Literary Journal, Weave Magazine, Cease Cows, Kalyani Magazine, Split this Rock and Literary Mama. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Guardian, Newsweek’s The Daily Beast, Salon, Gawker, Guernica, Dame, The Root, Ozy, The Hairpin, Ms. Magazine online, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Magazine and The Feminist Wire. Her fiction has been featured in the anthology All About Skin. Her chapbook Movement No. 1: Trains was published in 2015 by dancing girl press. Her second chapbook, The Leaving, was published in 2016 by Akashic Press as part of Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani’s New Generation African Poets series.
Hope has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Junot Diaz’s Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, The New York Times Foundation, the Awesome Foundation and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Writers. Her work has been performed at the Kumble Theatre, White Wave Dance Festival, and Stage Left Theatre. Hope was also a finalist for the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize.
A graduate of New York University (M.F.A. Creative Writing) and Northwestern University (B.S. Film and Cultural Studies and Creative Writing) Hope has taught writing at NYU and the City University of New York as well. Currently, Hope is also founding board member of the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. Hope blogs here and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.