Nii Ayikwei Parkes will be the British Council UK Writer-in-Residence at CSULA from Monday, March
26 to Friday, April 20, 2007.
Born in the UK and raised in Ghana, Nii Ayikwei
Parkes is the author of four poetry collections: eyes
of a boy, lips of a man (1999), M is for Madrigal
(2004), shorter (2005), and The
Making of You, which is forthcoming.
Courttia Newland, he co-edited Tell Tales
Volume I, regularly edits x magazine, and is the
publisher and editor of Flipped Eye Publishing Ltd.
Nii has performed all over the world on major stages
such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, The Royal
Festival Hall in London, Java in Paris and Paradiso in
Amsterdam, as well as festivals such as the
Lancaster Literature Festival and the Austin
International Poetry Festival. In 2003, Nii was
Poet-In-Residence at the Poetry Society of England,
received an Arts Council of England Award for his
just-completed novel, The Cost of Red Eyes, and
won the Farrago Best Overall Poetry Performance Award in
2003 and 2004.
Find out more about Nii Parkes by visiting the
Nii Parkes' website: http://www.niiparkes.com/
Flipped Eye Publishing Ltd.'s website:
An interview with Nii Parkes: http://www.subtletea.com/niiparkesinterview.htm
Nii Parkes on BBC's Africa 05 Book Club:
BBC - BBC Africa - Africa 05 - Book Club
Council's UK Writer-in-Residence Program
For more information, call the Cal State L.A. English Department at (323) 343-4140.
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Nii Parkes's visit to CSULA as the
British Council UK Writer-in-Residence is made possible
by the CSULA Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics,
the Virginia E. Smith Fund for Poetry and Poetics and through the additional support of the British
Nii Parkes at CSULA
Office: E & T A613
Thursday, April 5, 6:30pm
Music Hall. (Click
here for map.) Poetry reading open to the public, free
of charge. Book signing will follow. Nii's books and CD will
be available for sale and autographing at the reading,
and before the reading in the University Bookstore.
Friday, April 13, 11:00am-1:00pm
PALS Office, JFK Library, Palmer Wing 1040A. Poetry reading--
Please call to confirm your attendance:
3184 or stop by the office to sign up.
MW 2-4pm (by appointment only)
Th 10-12am (open office hours)