Exclusive Interview: “New-Generation African Poets: Tisa” Editors Kwame Dawes & Chris Abani


For nearly 10 years, editors Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani have assembled an excellent anthology series of poetry by African writers called New-Generation African Poets. But unlike other geographically-based poetry anthologies, these don’t just present one or a couple poems by numerous poets. Instead, a handful each get their own 20 to 40 page chapbook in which to present their poetic vision. In the following email interview, Dawes and Abani discuss the newest installment, New-Generation African Poets: Tisa (boxed set).


Please note: All answers are from both Mr. Dawes and Mr. Abani.