Laura bursts into song with an efficacious voice that is unapologetic– woven with lines that give skin rush. This is a playlist of songs we must all dance to. – Saddiq Dzukogi, Poetry Editor at Expound; his most recent collection is ‘Sunbeams and Shadows’
Laura Kaminski holds the sun and moon and fresh waters and more in awe in her poems. Dance Here should be read by all living things longing to dance away sorrows and become new again. – Ehizogie Iyeomoan, winner Korea/Nigeria Poetry Feast Prize (2015) and author of ‘Flames of the Forest’
Such touching tribute from one who remembers Jos in all her naivety and mourns her lost innocence even from many miles away from her.
– Amu-nnadi, winner of the Glenna Luschei Prize (2014) for ‘Through the Window of a Sandcastle’; his most recent poetry collection is ‘A Field of Echoes’
Laura M. Kaminski (Halima Ayuba) grew up in Bambur, Jos, and Yola, Nigeria (mostly in Jos). She is an Associate Editor at the online journal Right Hand Pointing, and the author of two previous poetry collections (Considering Luminescence and last penny the sun), as well as three chapbooks (Returning to Awe, And Yes, I Dance and Answering the Cuttlefish).
Dance Here is her third poetry collection, and the first one published in Nigeria. It includes and a section of elegies / grief songs for victims of violence, particularly in Jos, Maiduguri, Baga, and Chibok. All royalties from the first edition are staying in Nigeria in support of projects for children: feeding, literacy, acts of kindness to orphans in IDP camps and elsewhere.