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editorial: Love & Compassion

The impulse to write is often driven by something that we can’t always explain. When we’re younger and don’t know any better, our words flow, overflow, from a place that seems to have no bottom. When we know better, words...

And the winner is… African Poetry Prize Announced

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize was announced yesterday. Judged by Kwame Dawes, Kadija George, Mpalive Msiska, Daljit Nagra and Chair, Bernardine Evaristo; the winner was selected from this short list: Viola Allo (Cameroon); Inua Ellams (Nigeria); Amy Lukau (Angola); Liyou...

Sillerman First Book Prize Deadline Extended

Having received more submissions than expected, there has been a decision to extend the submission period to give others a final opportunity to submit. The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets is extending the deadline for the submission period from...

editorial: Ever been kidnapped by a poet? 2012.01

“ever been kidnapped by a poet” ~Nikki Giovanni, kidnap poem this is the first edition for 2012, in fact, it’s the last edition of 2011. it just didn’t make it and almost never it. dealing with various factors in my...

Q&A: Kwame Dawes

“I have decided to stay focused on being present and writing for the present moment as fiercely and beautifully as I can.” Kwame Dawes states towards the end of an essay about timeless poetry¹. A statement that clearly defines of...