Dr. Nora Ekeanya (Nora Nneka) is a psychiatrist and writer. Raised by Nigerian immigrant parents, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in pre-medical biology from the University of Florida and went on to attend the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. It was during her psychiatry residency training at the University of Missouri- Kansas City that Dr. Ekeanya started writing articles detailing her experiences as a Black physician and was featured in the popular physician blog, KevinMD. Her essay, The Sense of Touch, was included in the live storytelling event, Shelf Life and was revised for the December 2020 issue of Isele Magazine. In April 2022, she won Isele Magazine's inaugural Isele Prize in nonfiction for The Sense of Touch. Her first visual poem, Identity, won 2nd place at the Queens Underground International Black and Brown Film Festival in October 2021. Her first book, Swallowed Words, is available October 2022.