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

September 8, 2020

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.

Featured Poets:

  • 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.