jaamil olawale kosoko

jaamil olawale kosoko is a multi-spirited Nigerian American author, performance artist, and curator of Yoruba and Natchez descent originally from Detroit, MI. jaamil’s interdisciplinary practice is rooted within queer corporeal modalities of the body moving across the creative realms of live art performance, video, sculpture, and spoken word/poetry. As an educator and community organizer, they approach politics and education as extensions of their creative practice. Through rooted ritual and spiritual practice, embodied poetics, Black critical studies, and queer theories of the body, kosoko conjures and crafts perpetual modes of freedom, healing, and care when/where/however possible.

jaamil is the author of Black Body Amnesia: Poems and Other Speech Acts, released Spring 2022 blending poetry and memoir, conversation and performance theory as means to tell a personal narrative inspired by Audre Lord’s concept of the biomythography. kosoko is the recipient of awards including the 2022 Slamdance Jury Prize for Best Experimental Short film, 2021/22 MacDowell Fellowship, 2020 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, 2020 NCCAkron Creative Administrative Fellowship, 2019 NPN Creation & Development Fund award, 2019 Red Bull Arts Fellowship, 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography, and a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellowship. jaamil’s works have toured extensively throughout US, Europe, Africa, and Canada. Visit jaamil.com for more information.

Photo by Nile Harris

Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born I Sweat Variant, Beth Gill, Benjamin Akio Kimitch, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Derek Lee McPhatter