Obsidian Foundation

We are building on the achievements of those who have paved the way for us, and are indebted to the Afro Style School, Black Arts Movement, Caribbean Arts Movement, Cave Canem, Dark Noise Collective, Dark Room Collective, Malika’s Kitchen, The Complete Works, and Octavian.

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From The Blog

August 7, 2021

African Poetry Digital Portal awarded a $750k

Mellon grant to transform African poetry research, scholarship The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to an international team led by Kwame Dawes, professor of English, and Lorna…
August 6, 2021

Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze dies aged 65

July 1, 2021

Nick Makoha wins The Ivan Juritz Prize

A Low-Pressure System is part of sequence that explores the Entebbe hijacking in 1976. It is a dramatic retelling of those events, paralleled against Nick’s life, and key historic events and…