Say hello to the Class of 2020
Tanatsei is the runner-up to the inaugural Amsterdam Open Book Prize (2020), a Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets' Prize longlistee (2020), and a recipient of the Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) and Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) Writing Residency (2021).
Poems of hers appear in Prufrock Magazine, the London Reader, New Coin Poetry Journal, Poetry London, and forthcoming in Best New British and Irish Poets 2021. She is an alumnus of the British Council residency, "These Images are Stories", the inaugural Obsidian Foundation Writer's Retreat, and the Writerz & Scribez Griot's Well residency.
She seeks out communities of care and craft and is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Macondo, and Círculo de Poetas and Writers. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle
of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: dis(locate) and the chapbooks, profeta without refuge and Areyto to Atabey: Essays on the Mother(ing) Self.
She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She educates our present and future agitators/educators as a full professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Keith was selected for the International Literary Showcase as one of 10 outstanding LGBT writers in the UK. He has judged the Polari Prize, the Foyle Young Poets Award, and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Keith is completing his first novel and teaches at Birkbeck University in London, where he completed his PhD studentship in 2020.
She received a major Northern Writers Award for her poetry in 2015 and is currently undertaking a PhD in Cultural Studies at Northumbria University.
Her work has appeared in: The Book of Newcastle (Comma Press), Ten: Poets of the New Generation and A Mighty Stream (Bloodaxe), Writing Motherhood (Seren), Urban Myths and Legends and Some Cannot Be Caught (The Emma Press), Crossings (Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts) and Filigree (Peepal Tree Press).
Her third pamphlet Handling Stolen Goods (Peepal Tree) explores issues of race and class, and her latest Weighing of the Heart (Blueprint) explores illness and love in the early years of a marriage.
Candice’s writing has appeared in Frieze, Bath Magg, thisistomorrow, Berlin Art Link, Poetry London, Domicilium, and elsewhere. Their film and performance work have appeared at Birmingham Hippodrome, BOZAR (Brussels), Hebbel Am Ufer Theatre (Berlin) and Kunstverein (Hamburg) among others. Under the moniker okcandice, Candice explores a multidisciplinary practice using sound, music, moving image, text, performance and visual archives.
Candice holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. They are currently an artist-curator at Eastside Projects, Birmingham.
Moorish American Poet and Writer, Mansa Lamont Bey (formerly known as D.L.Ware) is a Literary Artist serving Southeast Cleveland’s Buckeye, Woodland Hills, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. With a background in Social Work and Africana Studies, Mansa Lamont Bey has dedicated his life to merging the Literary Arts with Social Activism in using creative writing as a conduit of personal, community and social change. As the founder and owner of Grio Roots & Culture Desktop Publishing L.L.C., Mansa L. Bey facilitates and hosts the Read. Write. Recite Literacy Guild, a creative writing initiative designed to address the issues of illiteracy and adult learning.
An Obsidian Foundation Fellow, an alum of the 2018 Arvon writers retreat and 2017 Apples and Snakes Writers Room, Kojo was also nominated for the Young People's Laureate for London in 2018. He formerly produced and hosted the monthly poetry night, Pen-Ting Poetry – with a sold out run of 11 shows and has featured at places such as the Battersea Arts Centre and Neverworld festival.
Allen’s work has appeared in Montreal Writes, Santa Ana River Review, Pree, The Caribbean Writer, Poetry London, Ambit and is forthcoming in Miss Lou 100 Plus Voices. He received the 2019 Poet Laureate of Jamaica: Louise Bennett-Coverley Prize for Poetry. Allen’s Poet Laureate Prize winning poems appear in the anthology New Voices: Selected by Lorna Goodison.
The Repeat Beat Poet has performed across the country and internationally, with appearances at The Royal Albert Hall, the Edinburgh Fringe, Spoken Word Paris, and he is a multiple slam champion (including the Genesis Slam and Hammer And Tongue) and the reigning Nozslam Champion. Peter also regularly produces & hosts the monthly spoken word nights Boomerang, and Pen-Ting, and his own Hip Hop & spoken word radio show, #TheRepeatBeatBroadcast. His debut poetry show D.O.W.N (Deconstructing Overarching Whiteness Now) will be performed in Winter 2018.
Peter is also a creative entrepreneur, journalist, and presenter; co-founding The PAD in 2014, a grassroots creative platform, arts venue and recording studio, and has written regularly for The Prince Charles Cinema with bylines in TimeOut London and The BFI. Peter continues his work in the film industry as an assistant director for the Chelmsford Film Festival, and can also be found co-hosting the British Podcast Award-nominated Lunar Poetry Podcast or presenting the poetry discussion series #LetsTalkAbout on UK Spoken Word YouTube channel, Process Productions.
Oscillating between poetry, photography, video, drawings, and curatorial projects, Ayinde’s work is in a constant negotiation with itself, trying to understand the role it plays in building the worlds it is invested in imagining. Most recently, his work is shaped by a dance around the possibility opened up by the logics of black holes, specifically when read in conversation with the historical and material conditions of blackness.
Rohan Ayinde is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we, with friend/producer/dancer Yewande YoYo Odunubi. He received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019). He is a curatorial fellow with ACRE projects, and has curated shows at Blanc Gallery (Chicago), ACRE Projects (Chicago) and NOW Gallery (London).
Ayinde’s work exists in many places, both fleeting and permanent
as a poet, journalist, and teaching artist are centered around empowering youth and sharing important narratives of the people and principles he holds dear, many of which come from his Chicago upbringing.
He is an Obsidian Fellow (2020) He is a Cave Canem Fellow (2019-2021) and has received residencies from the Norman Mailer Foundation (2017) and the DISQUIET International Literary Program (2018). In 2018 he completed his MFA at City College.
Robert has been published in over thirty literary magazines and in several notable anthologies. Recent publication credits include Peregrine, Expound, Promethean, Turtle Island Quarterly, Killer Whale, and Suisun Valley Review, and the Bronx Memoir Project: Vol. 2 published by the Bronx Council of the Arts.
Robert's first collection, Close to the Tree, published by Three Rooms Press (2012). His chapbook, Flight, published by Poets Wear Prada (2019) You Almost Home, boy, published by Harlequin Creatures (2019) with Brooklyn based artist, Amy Williams, “Some Little Words” published 440 Gallery, Brooklyn (2021)
She has been Writer-in-Residence for MMU Special Collections & Manchester Poetry Library, and in 2021 Applause Rural Touring and Historic England, both of which are available as podcasts. She was Lead Facilitator of the fiction project, ‘WRITTEN’, which partnered with Arvon to organise a national residential for debut writers of colour.
Merrie has appeared at The Southbank Festival, The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival, for ONCA with kin’d & kin’d discussing form and eco-poetics, and on BBC Radio. Poems and reviews have been published in Poetry Wales, Pree Lit, The Good Journal, The Interpreter’s House, Writing in Education, and elsewhere. Her debut collection is ‘Open Windows’ (Waterloo, 2019), of which Magma Poetry wrote: ‘She is clearly good at her craft. Her writing is assured, driven by sonorous language’.