Nithy Kasa was born in Kimpese, a town in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2005, the teenaged Kasa moved to Galway to live with a relative. A poem she submitted to her secondary school’s magazine caught the attention of her English teacher, a renowned Galway poet. Her teacher’s encouragement led to her enrolment in Poetry Ireland’s national Poetry Aloud Competition, where she reached the finals multiple times. More contests followed in poetry and public speaking, and from that point on, writing poetry became a major part of Kasa’s life. A member of the Dublin Writers’ Forum since 2014, Kasa has read for Poetry Ireland, RTÉ Radio’s Poetry Programme, Concern, Ranelagh Art Festival, Mother Tongues Festival, and other series and events. She is a contributor to Dedalus Press’s 2019 anthology Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets, as well as SAH Journal, Flare and A New Ulster. Nithy’s debut collection entitled Palm-Wine Tapper and the Boy at Jericho is published in May 2022 by Doire Press.
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