- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Published: 4/5/16
- IBSN: 9781617754517
- Genre: Poetry
This limited-edition nine-piece box set, an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project, features the work of new African poets.
“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.”
“Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, authors of numerous collections of poetry and prose, have taken on the vital project of publishing short collections by contemporary poets from Africa, packaged together in beautiful boxed sets. This poem, from the third and most recent set, stands out for its clarity of observation and empathetic insight into the suffering of another.”
—New York Times Magazine, on the featured poem “How to Paint a Girl” by Gbenga Adesina (from “Painter of Water”)
“Full of the music, inventiveness, passion and coolness that make him once of the most exciting poets around to read and to hear read.”
—The Poetry School, on Kayombo Chingonyi’s “The Colour of James Brown’s Scream,” one of The Poetry School’s Books of the Year for 2016
“There is quite certainly nothing to doubt about the quality of poems collected here . . . Each poem has an edge that cuts deeply, and every surface of the set is adorned with Victor Ehikhamenor’s vibrant artwork . . . Eight poets hailing from Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia, each lauded in introductions by Dawes, co-editor Chris Abani and a cohort of other poets, make New-Generation African Poets: Tatu a collection pulsing with fresh talent in a series that poetry lovers worldwide should be grateful for.”
“Chris Abani and Dawes also edited Tatu, a collection of contemporary poetry by African poets due out in the spring, as part of their yearly New-Generation African Poets Series.”
This elegant, limited-edition box set features nine chapbooks: eight volumes of poetry, plus an introduction by editors Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. The eight African poets included are D.M. Aderibigbe, Gbenga Adesina, Kayombo Chingonyi, Safia Elhillo, Chielozona Eze, Nyachiro Lydia Kasese, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, and Hope Wabuke.
The box set is an annual project of the African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, which seeks to identify the best poetry written by African authors working today, with a special focus on those who have not yet published their first full-length book of poetry.
Read Gbenga Adesina’s “How to Paint a Girl” from “Painter of Water” at the New York Times Magazine.
Read excerpts from the collection at the Poetry Society of America.
Read an interview with editor Kwame Dawes at Literary Hub.
Read an interview with Chris Abani at The Guardian.
See below to listen to an interview with poet Kayombo Chingonyi at Lunar Poetry Podcast:
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).
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).