Kwame Dawes Heads African Poetry Book Fund

October 8, 2012

Along with poets Chris Abani, Matthew Shenoda, Gabeba Baderoon, John Keene, and Bernadine Evaristo, Kwame Dawes — one of the Montreal Prize’s new jurors for the much anticipated 2013 competition — is running an exciting new initiative called the African Poetry Book Fund. According to the APBF website, their mission is as follows:

“The African Poetry Book Fund promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa.”

The primary activity of the APBF is the African Poetry Book Series:

“Beginning in January 2014, the imprint will publish four new titles by African poets each year. In addition the series will publish every few years an anthology representing African regions, themes, and ideas.”

We at the Montreal Prize hope the APBF will soon be offering subscriptions to this compelling new series. We expect many others are as excited as we are at the prospect of four titles a year!

Click on the following link to see the poster for the inaugural Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.  APBF-2012-poster (1)

And follow this link to the APBF website:


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