New-Generation African Poets (Hardcover)

A Chapbook Box Set (Tano) (African Poetry Book Fund)

By Kwame Dawes (Editor), Chris Abani (Editor)

Akashic Books, 9781617756238, 350pp.

Publication Date: April 10, 2018



" This collection] continues the African Poetry Book Fund project to identify the best poetry by African poets working today and ensure their publication. This 12-piece, limited-edition box set features the work of 11 new poets."
--Publishers Weekly, Spring 2018 Announcements, Poetry

" Omotara] James' voice is so unique and genuine; she's definitely a poet to have on your poetdar."
--The Coil, Omotara James' "Daughter Tongue" included in Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Critical Praise for the Previous Chapbook Box Sets:

"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."
--Washington Post on New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tatu)

"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

The limited-edition box set is an annual project started in 2014 to ensure the publication of up to a dozen 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 eleven poets included in this box set are: Leila Chatti, Saddiq Dzukogi, Amanda Holiday, Omotara James, Yalie Kamara, Rasaq Malik, Umniya Najaer, Kechi Nomu, Romeo Oriogun, Henk Rossouw, and Alexis Teyie.

About the Author

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.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.