- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Published: 4/4/17
- IBSN: 9781617755408
- Genre: Poetry
This eleven-piece, limited-edition box set—an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project—features the work of ten new African poets.
“Dawes and Abani have taken on the vital project of publishing short collections by contemporary poets from Africa, packaged together in beautiful boxed sets.”
—New York Times Magazine, on New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tatu)
“New-Generation African Poets is an ambitious, vital project that delivers exactly what it promises . . . As a group, the chapbooks dispel stereotypes about African writing. They also illustrate what editors Dawes and Abani note about the many ways poets can understand or redefine their ties to Africa. These insights are poignant and valuable, especially at a time when millions around the globe find themselves somewhere between new countries and ancestral lands they’ve left behind.”
“Each poem has an edge that cuts deeply . . . A collection pulsing with fresh talent in a series that poetry lovers worldwide should be grateful for.”
The limited-edition box set is an annual project started in 2014 to ensure the publication of seven to ten chapbooks 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.
The ten poets included in this box set are: Yasmin Belkhyr, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Chekwube O. Danladi, Mary-Alice Daniel, Lena Bezawork Grönlund, Ashley Makue, Momtaza Mehri, Famia Nkansa, Ejiofor Ugwu, and Chimwemwe Undi.
Read a review of “Sabbatical” by Famia Nkansa at the Emerging Writers Network.
Read a review of “Girl B” by Victoria Adukwei at the Emerging Writers Network.
Read a review of “sugah. lump. prayer.” by Momtaza Mehri at the Emerging Writers Network.
Read a feature on the New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Nne), including excerpted poems from each chapbook here.
CHRIS ABANI a Nigerian-born, award-winning poet and novelist, currently teaches at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is the recipient of a PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, a Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond Margins Award, a PEN/Hemingway Award, and a Guggenheim Award. He is the author of Song for Night and Becoming Abigail and editor of Eight New-Generation African Poets, New-Generation African Poets (Tatu), and New-Generation African Poets (Nne).
KWAME DAWES is the Ghanian-born, award-winning author of eighteen collections of poetry. He has won Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emmy, and was the 2013 awardee of the Paul Engel Prize. He currently teaches at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the author of Gomer’s Song; translator of Go de Rass to Sleep; and editor of So Much Things To Say, Eight New-Generation African Poets, New-Generation African Poets (Tatu), and New-Generation African Poets (Nne).