Lasana Sekou was born in Aruba, but grew up on the island of St. Martin. He began writing poetry at a young age and published poems in high school. Lasana attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he received a BA in Political Science, and Howard University, where he completed the MA program in Communications.
Sekou has published eleven books of poetry and short stories, and his work has appeared in many publications, including Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, and The Massachusetts Review.
Lasana Sekou has received numerous awards, including a James Michener Fellowship from the University of Miama, the Culture Time Literary Artist of the Decade, and a knighthood from the Government of the Netherlands.
Below is a selection of his writings:
Moods for Isis - Picture Poems of Love and Struggle (1978)
Mothernation - Poems From 1984-1987 (1991)
The Salt Reaper - Poems from the Flats (2004)
37 Poems (2005)