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The New Gen! Rising African Poets with Kwame Dawes & Chris Abani

Sep 8, 2020 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani started the New-Generation African Poet limited edition chapbook with indie publisher Akashic Books in 2014. Every year, they showcase the verses and innovation of the best African poets working today with an emphasis on poets who have not yet published their first full-length collection.

A reading from nine poets included in this year’s edition of New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Saba) will open the event, followed by a conversation between Dawes and Abani on why they had to make this ambitious and poignant project. Tjawangwa Dema will moderate.

Featuring poets: Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau, Afua Ansong, Fatima Camara, Sadia Hassan, Safia Jama, Henneh Kyereh KwakuNadra Mabrouk, Nkateko Masinga, Jamila Osman, and Tryphena Yeboah.

This event is presented in partnership with The Center for Fiction.


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Admission Free online program, $10 suggested donation. Sponsored By This event is presented in partnership with The Center for Fiction