Awon Atuire is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Ethnic Studies program. He received his B.A. in English Literature, M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and graduate certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. His area of focus in his Ph.D. program is Africana history, culture, and literature. His dissertation project, "Poetics of Place and Space in West African Fiction," offers an intersectional analysis of Africana peoples' aspirational re-spatializations of the cartographies of Atlantic slavery, colonization, imperialism, and globalization in West African fiction. In addition, he is currently researching the oral tradition, memory-making, and heritage tourism in northern Ghana. A spoken word artist and a writer, Awon's book length manuscript, "Broken Horn Bull" is a collection of short stories and essays. Awon teaches INVS 4402/ETHN 3671: People of Color and Social Movements.