The African Poetry Library Initiative
The African Poetry Library Initiative is a collaboration establishing small, user friendly poetry reading libraries on the African continent to support aspiring and established poets through access to contemporary poetry in books and journals and to serve as a resource for poets interested in publication in Africa and around the world.
This initiative, guided by APBF and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries brings together US and UK publishers of poetry, literary arts organizations, poets, libraries, and literary journals in collaboration with African libraries, writers co-ops or cultural centers, and poets.
The library collections comprise donations from publishers, presses, foundations, and individuals. Many of the books that don’t come directly from publishers come from the “review copies” stacks of partnering literary journals across the United States.
APBF recognizes the following individuals and organizations for their support in the establishment of the libraries: Ahsahta Press, Anhinga Press, Alicia Ostriker, Aquarius Press/Willow Books, Black Warrior Review, BOA Editions, Chicago University Press, Coffee House Press, Copper Canyon Press, Crazyhorse, Kwame Dawes, Front Porch Journal, Great Lakes Colleges Association, Gulf Coast, Grandma Moses Press, Harvard Review, Hunger Mountain, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Ted Kooser, Milkweed Editions, Missouri Review, National Poetry Foundation, New Orleans Review, Northwestern University Press, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Parnassus, Peepal Tree Press, Ploughshares, the Poets House, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Prairie Schooner, Slash Pine, Truman University Press, University of Nebraska Press, Ugly Ducking Presse, Wave Books, and others.
Want to Learn More or Get Involved?
Visit our FAQ page for more details on the mission and vision, how we established the libraries, and who to contact if you’re interested in establishing a similar library in your community. If you represent a press or publisher who’d like to donate review copies or front or backlist titles, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.