Bhion Achimba grew up in rural southeastern Nigeria and holds an MFA degree from Brown University, where he taught undergraduate poetry for two years. His second poetry chapbook, Cantos from the Crossing, was selected by Aracelis Girmay as the winner of the 2023 Center for Book Arts manuscript prize.
In 2023, the Poetry Foundation awarded Bhion the Ruth Lilly/Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship Prize. He has received further fellowships and grants from PEN America, PEN International, Freedom House, Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Oregon Institute for Creative Research, as well as Harvard University, where he was a scholar at risk fellow and a visiting poet in the English Department.
Bhion’s writing has been published or forthcoming in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Poetry Foundation, Harvard Review Online, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Foreign Policy Magazine, Guernica Magazine, and several other print and online journals. He serves on the editorial board of Transition Magazine at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University, and is at work on a novel.