What does it me to be Afropolitan?
Finding beauty in otherness: The issue therefore is no longer how
different we are from others, but rather what we can learn from them,
from what we have in common with them. This implies a conscious effort
to affirm something in others and to seek to relate to them. Let it be
the starting point of encounter. The first question Afropolitans ask
when they encounter other people is: what do I (or can I) have in common
with this person? The next question is: what is beautiful or admirable
in this other? The third is: what can I learn from this person? By the
time they have answered all these questions, the issue of how they are
different from that person would have taken care of itself. Difference
becomes merely a reference point of individuality and respect rather
than a point of exclusion of the other.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The submissions are open now through December 1st. Here's the submissions information—if you wouldn't mind posting? The below text has links included to the Submittable account where writers can submit their manuscripts:
Every year Prairie Schooner's sister organization, the African Poetry Book Fund, publishes the first book of an African poet. The inaugural Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets was awarded to Clifton Gachagua of Kenya for his book Madman at Kilifi. The 2014 prize went to Somalian-American poet Ladan Osman's The Kitchen Dweller's Testimony. The 2015 winner was Ethiopian-American Mahtem Shiferraw, whose book Fuchsia is due out this coming spring from University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal. This trio of books represents the exciting range of new and dynamic African voices that are being heard thanks to the work of the African Poetry Book Fund.