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

November 9, 2021

Toi Derricotte wins 2021 Wallace Stevens Award

Congratulations  Toi Derricotte, the revered, award-winning poet and professor emerita of English at the University of Pittsburgh is the recipient of its 2021 Wallace Stevens Award. The prize is given…
October 26, 2021

Caleb Femi wins the Forward Prizes for Poetry

His Story Caleb was London’s first Young People’s Laureate. He is a filmmaker and photographer as well as a poet, and his own photos – of the places and faces…
October 25, 2021

Nicole Sealey win the Forward Prizes for Poetry

Her Story Nicole began making erasures from the United States Department of Justice’s 2015 report detailing bias policing and court practices in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, three years after…