Review: Best “New” African Poets 2015 Anthology

AiW Guest: Rashi Rohatgi

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Anthologie Des Meilleures “Nouveaux” Poètes Africains 2015
Antologia Dos Melhores “Novos” Poetas Africanos 2015

We couldn’t give poets topics because we are not Africa. We didn’t want to determine what Africa speaks when she speaks” (xix).

The Best “New” African Poets 2015 Anthology, distributed in the USA by the African Books Collective (and in Cameroon by Langaa), is readable without being streamlined or cohesive. Editors Tendai R. Mwanaka and
 Daniel da Purifacação explain in their introduction that the organization of the anthology was very much a grassroots project, organized by poets themselves rather than by the establishments that often neglect them. They put out a call for poems in an array of languages designed to ensure readers in the maximum number of African countries: submit, they said, in English, French, or Portuguese, for an anthology of this name…

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Q&A with Toni Stuart: Poetry gives people the power to make their voices heard

AiW Guest: Matthew Lecznar

Toni Stuart photo 1 Toni Stuart – image by Amaal Said

Toni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator, who presently works between Cape Town and London. Her work has been published in anthologies, journals and non-fiction books in South Africa and internationally. In 2013, she was named in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans for her work in co-founding I Am Somebody! – an NGO that uses storytelling and youth development to build integrated communities. In 2014/2015 she was a Chevening Scholar in the UK where she graduated with an MA Writer/Teacher from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Toni is currently in London, performing, speaking, and undertaking a number of inter-disciplinary collaborations with a range of artists. For a full list of Toni’s performances in London, you can visit her blog. For updates and live info, follow her on Twitter: @nomadpoet and Instagram: @tonistuart83

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Q&A: Uche Peter Umez interviews poet Efe Paul Azino

AiW Guest: Uche Peter Umez

Efe Paul Azino Efe Paul Azino at the 2015 Ake Arts and Books Festival © Victor Ehikhamenor

Widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s leading performance poets, Efe Paul Azino has been a headliner at many of the nation’s premier poetry venues. He is the Director of the Lagos International Poetry Festival, Director of Poetry at the annual Lagos Book and Art Festival, and coordinator of spoken word poetry at the Open Door Series’ International Cultural Exchange and the Lagos Black Heritage Festival. Efe Paul Azino is the producer of Nigeria’s first spoken word poetry theatre production ‘Finding Home’ and has performed at Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival, Ake Book and Arts Festival, Lagos Book and Arts Festival, Lights Camera Africa Film Festival, and British Council Lagos Theatre Festival, amongst others. He is an Osiwa Poetry Residency Fellow. For Broken Men Who Cross Often, published by Farafina Books, is…

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