Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani started the New-Generation African Poet limited edition chapbook in 2014 with indie publisher Akashic Books. 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 ten poets included in this year’s edition, New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Saba), opened the event, followed by a conversation between Dawes and Abani on why they had to make this ambitious and poignant project. Tjawangwa Dema moderated the conversation.
- Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau
- Afua Ansong
- Fatima Camara
- Sadia Hassan
- Safia Jama
- Henneh Kyereh Kwaku
- Nadra Mabrouk
- Nkateko Masinga
- Jamila Osman
- Tryphena Yeboah
Presented in partnership with Poets House.
New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Saba)
By Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani (Editors)
Published by Akashic Books
This twelve-piece, limited-edition box set—an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project—features the work of eleven new African poets.
The limited-edition box set is a project started in 2014 to ensure the publication of up to a dozen chapbooks every year by African poets through Akashic Books. The series seeks to identify the best poetry written by African poets working today, and it is especially interested in featuring poets who have not yet published their first full-length book of poetry.