Literary Arts

Bhion Achimba

Adjunct Lecturer


Bhion Achimba (previously Chibuihe Obi Achimba) grew up in Southeastern Nigeria. He is a poet, essayist, Founding-Editor of Dgëku Magazine, and a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. He served as the 2019 Harvard University Scholar at Risk, a Visiting Poet in its English Department, and the 2020 Summer Visiting Artist at the Oregon Institute for Creative Research. Bhion has been awarded grants by PEN America, PEN International, Freedom House, and St. Botolph Club Foundation, which named him one of the 2021 Emerging Artists in New England. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Foreign Policy Magazine, Guernica Magazine, and several other prints and online journals. He serves on the editorial board of Transition Magazine at the Hutchins Center, Harvard.

“Gay in Nigeria, Black Male in America,” an opinion piece by Chibuihe Obi Achimba MFA ’22, was published in The New York Times on Saturday, Nov. 7. Chibuihe, who is studying poetry in the Literary Arts graduate program, was a 2019 – 2020 Scholar-at-Risk at Harvard University before matriculating at Brown.