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Cheswayo Mphanza Wins 2020 Sillerman Best First Book Prize for African Poets, for His Manuscript, The Rinehart Frames

The Zambian-born poet Cheswayo Mphanza has been awarded the 2020 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, for his manuscript The Rinehart Frames. The finalists were the Egyptian-American Hazem Fahmy for Id, the Nigerian O-Jeremiah Agbaakin for The Root of the Word Babble is Babel, and the Moroccan El Habib Louai for Rotten Wounds Embalmed […]

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‘Gbenga Adeoba’s Debut Collection, Exodus, Tenderly Navigates Memory, History, & Displacement | Forthcoming March 2020

The Nigerian poet ‘Gbenga Adeoba has his debut full-length collection forthcoming in March 2020. Titled Exodus, the 78-page book, which won the 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, comes with a foreword by African Poetry Book Fund editor Kwame Dawes, and will be released through the University of Nebraska Press’ African Poetry Book […]

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The 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets Goes to Nigeria’s Gbenga Adeoba

The 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets has been awarded to Nigeria’s Gbenga Adeoba for his manuscript titled Exodus.  Backed by the philanthropists Laura and Robert FX Sillerman—as part of their overall funding of the African Poetry Book Fund—the $1,000 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets honours the finest first full-length poetry […]

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Opportunity for Poets | Enter for the 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

Submissions for the 2019 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets have begun. The 2018 Prize was awarded to Botswana’s TJ Dema, for her manuscript The Careless Seamstress. Backed by the philanthropists Laura and Robert FX Sillerman—as part of their overall funding of the African Poetry Book Fund—the $1,000 Sillerman First Book Prize for African […]

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The 2018 Sillerman First Book Prize Awarded to Botswana’s Tjawangwa Dema, for Her “The Careless Seamstress”

The 2018 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets has been awarded to Botswana’s Tjawangwa (TJ) Dema, for her collection, The Careless Seamstress. In addition to receiving the $1000 prize money, Dema’s manuscript will be published in the spring of 2019 as part of the African Poetry Book Series by the University of Nebraska Press. The finalists are: Nawal […]

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Sillerman Prize Winners, Ladan Osman and Mahtem Shiferraw, Announced as 2018 Neustadt Prize Judges

The 2018 Neustadt Prize judges have been announced, and among them, in a very happy coincidence, are the 2014 and 2015 winners of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets: Ladan Osman and Mahtem Shifferaw. They join seven other jurors: Alisa Ganieva, Adnan Mahmutović, Dipika Mukherjee, Achy Obejas, Sasha Pimentel, Zia Haider Rahman, and Major Jackson. Referred to […]

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

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Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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