New-Generation African Poets

Chapbook Box Set Series

Eight New-Generation African Poets: Tatu

Akashic Books. 2016.

New-Generation
African Poets: Tatu

(forthcoming Spring 2016)
Eight New-Generation African Poets

Akashic Books. 2015.

Eight New-Generation
African Poets: Mbili

Seven New-Generation African Poets. 2014

Slapering Hol Press. 2014

Seven New-Generation
African Poets: Mojo

 


2016. Eight New-Generation African Poets: Tatu

with cover art by Victor Ehikhamenor

The newest in the series, Tatu, produced in continuing collaboration with Akashic Books, is a stunning nine-piece boxed set, featuring eight more individual chapbooks of new work from emerging African poets, each with a preface from another working poet. Again, Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, provide an introduction. The cover art comes from award-winning Nigerian artist Victor Ehikhamenor. The new name, Tatu, establishes the naming convention for the series, based in the Swahili numbering system.

Above all, what we hope for is a poetics that is more African than it has ever been, but we are in the business of trusting the African poet to discover what this Africanness means. It may well emerge as something quite specific, something located with a particular tribe, ethnic group, neighborhood, or community, or it may grow out some visionary insight into the ways in which Africa as a continent is changing.” –Kwame Dawes, in the introduction

 Forthcoming Spring 2016 ($22.46).

The box set contains nine individual chapbooks:
New Generation African Poets, Tatu: An Introduction in Two Movements by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani
In Praise of Our Absent Father by D.M. Aderibigbe
The Painter of Water by Gbenga Adesina
The Color of James Brown’s Scream by Kayombo Chingonyi
Asmarani by Safia Elhillo
Survival Kit by Chielozona Eze
Paper Dolls by Lydia Nyachiro Kasese
Dagoretti Corner by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo
The Leaving by Hope Wabuke


 

Tatu-The Chapbooks

<h3>The Leaving | Hope Wabuke</h3>
<h3>Dagoretti Corner | Ngwatilo Mawiyoo</h3>
<h3>Paper Dolls | Lydia Nyachiro Kasese</h3>
<h3>Survival Kit | Chielozona Eze</h3>
<h3>Asmarani | Safia Elhillo</h3>
<h3>The Color of James Brown's Scream | Kayombo Chingonyi </h3>
<h3> The Painter of Water | Gbenga Adesina </h3>
<h3>In Praise of Our Absent Father | D.M. Aderibigbe</h3>

Akashic Books. 2015.

2015. Eight New-Generation African Poets: Mbili

with cover art by Imo Nse Imeh
The second in the series, Mbili, produced in collaboration with Akashic Books, is a vibrant and energizing nine-piece boxed set, featuring individual chapbooks containing new and original work from eight emerging African poets in addition to an introductory piece by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, series editors. Each chapbook cover features vibrant work by painter Imo Imeh Nse.

"At once lament, at once protest, at once love song, at once incantation of hope and a clear future, at once entertaining, at once a new direction, and a link in a chain of human African achievement, an unending lineage of light." --Chris Abani, in the introduction

  • Eight New-Generation African Poets was included as part of The New Inquiry’s Summer Reading List.
  • Read a feature on Eight New-Generation African Poets at the Poetry Society of America.

  • Learn more about Eight New-Generation African Poets: Mbili.
    Order a copy ($29.95).

    The box set contains nine individual chapbooks:
    • Eight New-Generation African Poets: An Introduction in Two Movements by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani
    Bearing Heavy Things by Liyou Libsekal
    Bird from Africa by Viola Allo
    Mitu's Spice Tour by Blessing Musariri
    A Pagan Place by Peter Akinlabi
    Things We Lost in the Fire by Vuyelwa Maluleke
    Who Are You Looking For? by Amy M. Lukau
    The Wire-Headed Heathen by Inua Ellams
    Yellow Iris by Janet Kofi-Tsekpo


     

    Mbili -The Chapbooks

    Yellow Iris
    Mitu’s Spice Tour
    A Pagan Place
    Bird from Africa
    The Wire-Headed Heathen
    Who Are You Looking For?
    Things We Lost in the Fire

    2014. Seven New-Generation African Poets

    Slapering Hol Press. 2014.

    2014. Seven New-Generation African Poets: Mojo

    with cover art by Adejoke Tugbiyele
    The first in the series, Mojo, produced in collaboration with Slapering Hol Press and the Poetry Foundation, presents an elegant, light-weight eight-piece boxed set, featuring individual chapbooks containing new and original work from seven emerging African poets. Each chapbook cover features a unique piece of artist Adejoke Tugbiyele's fascinating work. An eighth book presents an introduction written by Kwame Dawes, APBF series editor, and Chris Abani, which succinctly contextualizes the chapbook project and these poets' roles within contemporary African literature while introducing the work within the set. "These volumes, which are original, are as diverse in thematic concerns, poetic styles, and musicality as the peoples of Africa and its diaspora. they are books of poetry that reveal a complex and sophisticated awareness of the world." --Kwame Dawes, in the introduction  

    Learn more about Seven New-Generation African Poets: Mojo. Order a copy ($29.95).

    The box set contains eight individual chapbooks: Seven New Generation African Poets: An Introduction in Two Movements by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani
    Mandible by TJ Dema
    The Cartographer of Water by Clifton Gachagua
    Carnaval by Tsitsi Jaji
    The Second Republic by Nick Makoha
    em>Ordinary Heaven by Ladan Osman
    Our Men Do Not Belong To Us by Warsan Shire
    em>Otherwise Everything Goes On by Len Verwey


    Mojo- The Chapbooks

    2014  Seven New-Generation African Poets. An Introduction in Two Movements
    Otherwise Everything Goes On
    Our Men Do Not Belong to Us
    An Ordinary Heaven
    The Second Republic
    The Cartographer of Water
    Mandible
    Carnaval