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Assistant Professor


M.F.A. (2007), New York University

Creative Writing

B.S. (2002), Northwestern University

Film and Media Studies and Creative Writing

Areas of Specialty

Creative Writing/Poetry

African Literature

African American Literature

Women's and Gender Studies



Courses Regularly Taught

Intro to Creative Writing: Poetry

Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry

Intro to Women's Literature

Intro to African Literature


Hope Wabuke is a poet, essayist, and literary scholar. Her research and creative 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, inherited trauma, gender, women’s studies, modernism and post-modernism. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a specialty in Creative Writing and African Poetics. A contributing editor for The Root and a contributing writer-at-large 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 and others. 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. She is the author of the poetry collections Movement No. 1: Trains (dancing girl press) and The Leaving (Akashic Press). Hope has received fellowships and awards from Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, The New York Times, 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, Cultural Studies and Creative Writing) Hope has taught writing at NYU and the City University of New York as well. Hope is also founding board member of the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction.

Selected Publications and Projects


The Leaving, part of the box set New Generation African Poets: Tatu, 2016.

Movement No. 1: Trains, dancing girl press, 2015.


“My Father Could Have Been Killed By Police,” Stir Journal, April 2016

“Books by Black Authors to Look Forward to in 2016,” The Root, February 2016

“14 of the Best Nonfiction Books Published by Black Authors in 2015,” The Root, December 2015

“15 Powerful Works of Fiction Published by Black Authors in 2015,” The Root, December 2015

“But You’re So Smart, You Can’t Be Black,” Ozy Magazine, November 2015

“How to Change the Church From Within,” US Catholic Magazine, October 2015

“Where Should My Black Son Go To School?” Dame Magazine, June 2015

“Searching for Books for A Young Reader?” The Root, May 2015

“The Root’s Summer Reading List: 10 Great Books,” The Root, May 2015

“The Terror of the Flat Iron,” Ozy, May 2015

“20 Black Poets to Know (and Love),” The Root, April 2015

“5 Moments in the Life of a Black Mother,” The Hairpin, January 2015

“What Is Said,” North American Review online, January 2015

“The 15 Best Black Fiction Books of 2014,” The Root, December 2014

“The 15 Best Black Nonfiction Books of 2014,” The Root, November 2014

“10 Reason Why Willow and Jaden’s NYT Interview is the Best Thing Ever,” Ms. Magazineonline, November 2014

“On Street Harassment and Race,” The Root, November 2014

“If We Want Diverse Books We Need Diverse MFA Programs,” The Root, September 2014

“Am I My Sister’s Keeper?” Ms. Magazine online, June 2014

“Local Writers Reflect On Maya Angelou,” Los Angeles Magazine, June 2014

“The Cruel Choice Black Women Face: Between Education and Safety,” Salon, December 2013

“Why Is It Still Legal to Profile Working Moms?” Ms. Magazine online, November 2013

“Black Girl Walking,” Gawker, November 2013

“20 Funny Black Women of Twitter,” Ms. Magazine online, October 2013

“Domestic Violence Is Not A Cultural Tradition But A Crime,” The Feminist Wire, October 2013

“Tiana Parker and Our Black Hair,” Ms. Magazine online, September 2013

“On Black Breastfeeding Week,” Ms. Magazine online, August 2013

“Are We Not Mothers Too? How the Attachment Parenting Debate Ignores Women of Color,” The Daily Beast, August 2013

“Miley’s Big Foam Finger Is Pointing At You: Stereotypes Plus Objectification Equals $$$,”The Feminist Wire, August 2013

“99 Ways to Respect Black Women,” Ms. Magazine online, August 2013

“But What About the Children?” The Feminist Wire, July 2013

“What About Our Fear? An Open Letter To My Fellow American Citizens By A Black American Mother,” For Harriet, June 2013


“Chronicles (Of A Violence Foretold),” Literary Mama, Fall 2016

“Skin I: Advice He Gives When He Thinks I Am Not Listening” Weave Magazine, Fall 2016

“Skin III: Firebird,” Hysteria Poetry Anthology, Fall 2016

“Exodus I: Father’s American Superheroes,” Ruminate Literary Journal, March 2016

“Mouth,” Ruminate Literary Journal, March 2016

“Slow Dance, With Bullet,” African Voices Magazine, February 2016

“Deuteronomy,” Salamander Literary Journal, January 2016

“Slow Dance, With Bullet,” Lit Hub, August 2015

“listen,” NonBinary Review, June 2015

“Job (War Survivor’s Guilt),” Ruminate Literary Journal, May 2015

“Judges,” joINT Literary, April 2015

“The Nerve,” Fjords Literary Review, January 2015

“Rib,” North American Review, January 2015

“Heart,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“Letter to My Son IV: Hips,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“Skin V: Four Years In Evanston, IL,” Potluck Magazine, December 2014

“How to Protect Yourself From White Men With Guns in America,” Split this Rock, December 2014

“Numbers,” Kalyani Magazine, October 2013

“New York City Love Song #28,” Cease Cows, September 2013

“New York City Love Song #29,” Cease Cows, September 2013


“The Glow,” Kweli Journal, Spring 2015

“Arcadia,” All About Skin Anthology, November 2014