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Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series



The ‘Conversation with African Poets and Writers’ Digital Archive consists of a set of live web-cast interviews with current African diaspora writers committed to the literature of continental and diasporic Africa (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, literary criticism), and readings from their written works.  Authors/interviewees include both established and highly talented ‘new’ and emerging writers.  The archive is a multi-partner literary program between the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa. 

Consistent with the Library’s responsibility to preserve and make collections accessible on a global scale, the project is conceived to provide new input into the Library’s digital audiotape archive collections.  This material should prove invaluable to students of African literature and stimulate a broader appreciation of the African literary tradition and heritage.  The series will also afford opportunities to expose present-day African diaspora writers; and also, contribute to greater cross-cultural understanding and dialogue.

 

 


Mukoma wa Ngugi

December 3, 2013
Mukoma wa Ngugi was born in 1971 in Evanston, Ill., but raised in Kenya, before returning to the United States for his university education. An assistant professor of English at Cornell University he is the author of "Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change" and "Hurling Words at Consciousness." He is also a columnist for BBC Focus on Africa magazine and former co-editor of Pambazuka

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Abdourahman Waberi

November 14, 2013
Djiboutian author Abdourahman Waberi read from his work and discussed the state of contemporary African literature, especially highlighting African languages and culture.

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image: Abdourahman Waberi

Amadou Koné

September 25, 2013
Amadou Koné is a professor in the Department of French at Georgetown University. Koné's field of research and teaching extends from the oral literature of Africa to its modern written literature, and he has won international recognition as an author, essayist and playwright.

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A.Igoni Barrett

May 8, 2013
Nigerian writer A. Igoni Barrett reads from his work and discusses the state of contemporary African literature.

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image: A. Igoni Barrett

Omekongo Dibinga

April 2, 2013
Poet Omekongo Dibanga, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, reads from his work and discusses the state of contemporary African literature.

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image: Omekongo Dibinga

Maaza Mengitse
image: Maaza Mengitse

March 21, 2013
Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste reads from her work and discuss the state of contemporary African literature.

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Tijan Momodou Sallah

November 9, 2012
Tijan Sallah: Interview with Gambian Poet,Writer and Economist
A reading with Tijan Momodou Sallah

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image: Tijan Momodou Sallah

Anna Mwalagho

November 7, 2012
Anna Mwalagho, Kenyan Storyteller and Poet reads from her work and discusses the state of contemporary African literature.

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image: Anna Mwalagho

Mandlakayise C. Matyumza

September 25, 2012
Mandlakayise C. Matyumza discusses African poets and writers in an event co-sponsored by the Africa Society for the National Summit on Africa.Mandlakayise C. Matyumza is the executive director of the Centre for the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa in Capetown.

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image: Mandlakayise C. Matyumza

Helon Habila

May 1, 2012
Award-winning Nigerian novelist Helon Habila read excerpts from his novel "Oil On Water" and discussed his new anthology "The Granta Book of the African Short Story" in a program cosponsored with the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.

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image: Helon Habila

Donato Ndongo
April 4, 2012
Donato Ndongo appears in a program co-sponsored by the Library, the Africa Society for the National Summit on Africa and Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain.

Donato Ndongo is a prominent writer and journalist from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

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image: Donato Ndongo

Keorapetse Kgositsile
April 3, 2012
South African poet and political activist Keorapetse Kgositsile discusses the state of contemporary African culture, including poetry and literature.

Keorapetse Kgositsile also known as "Bra Willie," is a South African political activist and poet. He served in the African National Congress in the 1960s and 1970s and was inaugurated as South Africa's National Poet Laureate in 2006.

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image: Keorapetse Kgositile

Dr. Susan Nalugwa Kiguli
November 16, 2011
The African Section of The African and Middle Eastern Division, and the Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress, and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa presented African Studies Association Presidential Scholar for 2011, Dr. Susan Nalugwa Kiguli.

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image: Dr. Susan Nalugwa Kiguli

Professor Ali Mazrui
October 7, 2011
The African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center and the Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa presented a dialogue with Pan-Africanist Scholar, Ali Mazrui. Professor Mazrui discussed the state of contemporary African culture and post-independence literary production.
Ali Mazrui is an academic and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. He is an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York
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image: Professor Ali Mazrui

Chinua Achebe
November 3, 2008
The Library of Congress African Section and the Center for the Book, and The Africa Society of The National Summit On Africa, and The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, Howard University
and The Department of African Studies, Howard University TransAfrica Forum co-hosted a Symposium and Evening Program to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary Publication of
"Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe.
Morning Session Webcast
Afternoon Session Webcast
Evening Program Webcast
image: Chinua Achebe

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