Poetry And is a King’s College event series, curated by Professor of Poetry Ruth Padel, which highlights poetry’s connectivity and relevance to all areas of our lives.
Obsidian is a new foundation launched by award-winning poet Nick Makoha, currently a Creative Writing PhD student at King’s, which runs a one-week retreat for Black poets of African descent, to help them
Nick Makoha will read his own work and present three Obsidian alumni: Ariana Benson, Zakia Carpenter-Hall and Saddiq Dzukogi.
Zakia Carpenter-Hall was an inaugural winner of Poetry London’s mentoring scheme. Her pamphlet Event Horizon appeared in 2017. She is a Jerwood Bursary Recipient and London Library Emerging Writer.
Ariana Benson won the 2019 Academy of American Poets’/Edith A. Hambie Poetry Prize and 2021 Graybeal Gowen Poetry Prize. She holds an MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway and is Nonfiction Editor of Auburn Avenue.
Saddiq Dzukogi’s first book, Your Crib, My Qibla (University of Nebraska Press 2021) contains powerful elegies for a child. He is studying for a PhD at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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Founded in 2020, Obsidain is an international organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.