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Chris Abani.

The 2017 Lagos International Poetry Festival is around the corner. The event, themed “Bridges From Walls,” will bring together 30 poets, writers and artists from around the world, in a feast of conversations, performances, and parties, from 1-5 November. Among this year’s star guests are Chris Abani and rising South African poet Koleka Putuma.

Founded in 2015 by the performance poet Efe Paul Azino, author of For Broken Men Who Cross Often, this year’s festival will be held at Freedom Park, Lagos, and will feature three evenings of performances, nine panels, six workshops, one party, and an adventure to Badagary. Speaking on what to expect this year, Efe Paul Azino said:

It’s going to be very exciting. We have a diverse guest list with poets from North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and across Africa. This year’s theme, “Bridges From Walls,” explores arts capacity to unite us around our common humanity and we have put together a series of events that express the universal desire for love, joy and the fulfilment that comes from engaging our talents.

Koleka Putuma.

Professor of English at Northwestern University, Chris Abani is the author of the novels: Masters of the Board (1985),  GraceLand (2004), Becoming Abigail (2006), The Virgin of Flames (2007), Song For Night (2007), and The Secret History of Las Vegas (2014); and of the poetry collections: Kalakuta Republic (2001), Daphne’s Lot (2003), Dog Woman (2004), Hands Washing Water (2006), Feed Me The Sun – Collected Long Poems (2010), There Are No Names for Red (2010), and Sanctificum (2010). He is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize, and a Guggenheim Award.

Winner of the 2016 PEN South Africa Student Writing Prize, Koleka Putuma’s latest work is the fast-selling poetry collection Collective Amnesia. She is currently on the shortlist of the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry, for her poem “Water.”

Efe Paul Azino is the founder of the Lagos International Poetry Festival.

Some of the juiciest events at the festival include: “Poetry Masterclass with Chris Abani,” “Jollof Verses and Palmwine Music,” “Poetry After Dark: Poems Apostle Must Not Hear,” and “Collective Amnesia: An Evening with Koleka Putuma and Sabrina Mafouz,”  amid multiple panel discussions.

The Lagos International Poetry Festival is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries.

Visit www.lagospoetryfestival.com for the full program and other details.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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