Juliane Okot Bitek is an award-winning writer, but no trophies for balancing family life & grad school. Born in Kenya to Ugandan exiles, she now lives in Vancouver, Canada where she writes, teaches and studies.
Juliane Okot Bitek is a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Students Graduate Program. She holds a Master’s Degree in English and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art (Creative Writing). Her doctoral research focuses on post-conflict narratives of formerly abducted women in northern Uganda. Juliane is an essayist and poet whose work has been anthologized and published widely in literary magazines, on-line and in print. She recently completed a book, Stories from the Dry Season, which she co-authored with Grace Acan, a women’s advocate in northern Uganda. Juliane has been an invited poet at the International Poetry Festivals of Medellin, Colombia (2008) and Granada, Nicaragua (2009). She continues to write and speak about issues of home, homeland and diaspora.