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Africa Poetry Book Fund (APBF)—which administers the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, and the Glenna Luschei Prize—is set to publish its annual New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set, containing work by new voices from the continent. Begun in 2014, the limited-edition series, which is published by Akashic Books, “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 2018 publication, New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano), will be available on 4 March 2018. Co-edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, the 300-page box set contains chapbooks by eleven poets: Leila Chatti, Saddiq Dzukogi, Amanda Holiday, Omotara James, Yalie Kamara, Rasaq Malik, Umniya Najaer, Kechi Nomu, Romeo Oriogun, Henk Rossouw, and Alexis Teyie.

We got hold of the haunting covers with sculpted-steel figures courtesy of the poetry magazine Prairie Schooner. The artist behind them is Sokari Douglas Camp, a Nigerian-born London-based sculptor whose work can be found HERE.

See them below.

 

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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