Saraba Magazine is pleased to present the fourth title in its individual poetry chapbook series, Attempted Speech and Other Fatherhood Poems.

Kola Tubosun is a linguist, teacher and writer, whose professional experience span work as an editor, blogger, translator, and language teacher at different levels of school education. He has worked as a Fulbright foreign language professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and as an adult literacy teacher/volunteer at the International Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. He currently teaches English language at Whitesands School, Lagos, Nigeria.

He is the brain behind the TweetYoruba project currently trying to get Twitter translated into Yoruba, and the head lexicographer at, an online dictionary of Yoruba names online. He also runs the travel blog for which he has been nominated for many awards including, recently, the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year 2015. He is also the 2015 editor of Ake Review.

He has been published in Sentinel Poetry Quarterly, Concelebratory Shoehorn Review, Sentinel Nigeria, Klorofyl, Saraba Magazine, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Subjective Substance, Farafina, 234Next, International Literary Quarterly, Ankara Press, The Moth, The Alestle (SIUE), College of Arts and Science publication (CAS), Eye Socket Journal,, Guardian UK, Ake Review, and elsewhere. His non-fiction piece Class Sessions was recently published in the Jalada Magazine’s Language Issue. He can be found on twitter at @baroka.

Saraba Magazine’s Associate Digital Editor, Emily Achieng, interviewed Kola Tubosun following the publication of his chapbook.

Kola Tubosun read three poems in this collection out-loud. Read and listen to the poems.


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