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Syl Cheney-Coker


Syl Cheney-Coker was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1945. After education in Sierra Leone, he came to the United States and studied at the Universities of Oregon and Wisconsin. He has worked as a journalist and as a university lecturer in the Philippines, Nigeria and the United States. He is primarily known as a poet but has written one novel – The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar – which shows influence of the Latin American magic realism style.

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1969 The Road to Jamaica
1973 Concerto for an Exile (poetry)
1980 The Graveyard also has Teeth with Concerto for an Exile
1990 Blood in the Desert’s Eye (poetry)
1990 The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar (novel)
2008 Stone Child and Other Poems (poetry)
2014 Sacred River (novel)
2015 The Road to Jamaica : Elegy for the Afro (poetry)

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