Theresah P. Ennin is a lecturer from the university of Cape Coast, Ghana, and a Fulbright scholar doing her PhD in African literature and Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been writing poetry for a while now and has been published in three anthologies by Woeli Publishing House.
Five Questions with Theresah Ennin:
1. How long have you been writing poetry?
I have been writing poetry since I was 12 years. Everything I see, hear or read is a source of inspiration to me. Most of my poems are personal reflections on issues, sometimes deep, sometimes light hearted.
2. Who are your favourite poets? Which poets have most informed and inspired your work?
I must say that I do not have any favorite poets, I enjoy different kinds of poetry and can enjoy one or two poems from a poet without them being necessarily my favorite. I enjoy Keats, Yeats, Aidoo, Awoonor, Brew among others.
3. What do you hope to accomplish with your poetry?
I intend to publish most of my poems especially, the current set I am working on for people to enjoy.
4. How has living away from Ghana effected how you write about your homeland?
This current set from which "Woman in a Taxi" comes from is a collection of poems written in exile. My being outside the homeland has added enchantment, quite a lot, to the view, and I find a lot of things to be grateful for back home as well as to be nostalgic about. Secondly, I like taking a step away from what is close up and evaluating what pertains at home to see how best we can make things right, but basically, I now write celebrating what I am because of where I come from.
5. Could you tell our readers a bit more about your PhD research?
My PhD research is in African Literature, basically women writers of African descent. I want to examine the portrayal of the female characters as well as issues that are common to all these writers.