First Language(s): Lingala
Second Language(s): English
Loic Ekinga is a writer from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the author of the poetry collection How To Wake A Butterfly (Odyssey Books, 2021). His works of fiction and poetry have appeared in Agbowò, Type/Cast Magazine, Salamander Ink, Ja. Magazine, Poetry Potion, A Long House, New Contrast, Brittle Paper and Kalahari Review. His experimental mini chapbook Twelve Things You Failed at As A Man Today was an honourable mention by JK Anowe for Praxis Magazine Online. In addition, his short story “Loop” has been adapted into a short film by Vivanation. He is a finalist of Poetry Africa’s Slam Jam competition and A Best Of The Net nominee. He is currently the Managing Editor for TVO TRIBE.
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Tintin comic series.
What was the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
My French teacher in high school. He introduced me to classic French poetry and because I wanted to impress him, I went home and tried my hand at it. I never looked back.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
This might not be as thrilling, but swimming in the Indian Ocean is the first thing that comes to mind. The feeling of dipping myself in a body of water that seems to go on forever means so much to me.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
I do. Sometimes. I listen to a lot of Yiruma or Frank Ocean. The melody helps me focus.
Issue Fall '23