Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, originally from Detroit, MI, is a Nigerian-American curator, poet, and performance artist. He is a 2017 Princeton Arts Fellow and Lecturer in the Lewis Center for the Arts, a 2017 Jerome Artists in Residence at Abrons Arts Center, a 2017 APAP Leadership Fellow, and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow.

He has held producing and curatorial positions at New York Live Arts, 651 Arts, and The Watermill Center among others. Kosoko is a 2016 Gibney Dance boo-koo resident artist and a recipient of a 2016 USArtists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His work has been presented throughout Europe and the United States. He has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater, among others. 

Kosoko’s poems, interviews, and essays can be found published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, Silo, Detroit Research v2, Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), Movement Research Performance Journal, and Critical Correspondence (NYC). He continues to guest teach, speak, lecture, and perform internationally. His piece #negrophobia is currently touring throughout Europe and received a 2016 Bessie Award nomination.

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