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Logan February, a young Nigerian poet who has published three books of poetry, is seeking donations for a scheduled book tour in the US beginning in March. The tour, which he is ceaselessly working to make happen, is for the promotion of his newest collection, Mannequin in the Nude, and will take him to Portland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Boston, where he will do readings, workshops, and craft talks. Mannequin in the Nude, published this year by PANK Books, was a finalist for the 2018 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and has been described as containing poems that are “fearful and raunchy, tender and defiant, morose and youthful.”

For the tour, February has opened a GoFundMe account:

This spring, I will be touring a few US cities with poetry readings, workshops, and craft talks, in order to promote my new collection, MANNEQUIN IN THE NUDE  (PANK Books, 2019).

I am looking for folks to support and invest in my art as I crowdsource a bit of funding to offset my travel costs. Any donations would go a long way in supporting a young queer African who is trying to further his craft in flourishing and non-threatening spaces. With your help, I am hoping to make it from Nigeria to Oregon, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Minneapolis in the spring.

During the tour, I will be co-editing two major poetry anthologies: THE IMPOSSIBLE BEAST: POEMS OF QUEER EROTICISM (Damaged Goods Press, 2020) and THE NEW NIGERIAN POETS (Indolent Books, 2020). In addition to these, I am the Associate Director at Dovesong Labs, a digital/live hub of creative and literary education featuring workshops, reading series, teaching materials and more writing resources.

Please know that I am ceaselessly working with my own connections & skills to make this happen, although I have learned asking for help is as important as needing it.

I am hoping to make it out of Nigeria in late March, and with your help, I hope to have raised $5000 by March 1st. I would be endlessly grateful if you could help me cross this bridge into the next part of my life.

Thank you!

Logan February’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Washington Square Review, The Adroit Journal, Vinyl, Paperbag, Tinderbox, Raleigh Review, Brittle Paper, and more. In addition to Mannequin in the Nude, he is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Painted Blue with Saltwater (Indolent Books, 2018) and How to Cook a Ghost (Glass Poetry Press, 2017). He is Associate Director of Winter Tangerine‘s Dovesong Labs. You can find him at loganfebruary.com.

Please click HERE to assist Logan February. 

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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