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Nii Ayikwei Parkes, British Council UK Writer-in-Residence at CSULA,
will be returning in October, 2011 for a series of
workshops and readings. During his visit Parkes
will be running workshops and giving readings at Chester
W. Nimitz Middle School and the Hollenbeck Palms Senior
Citizens Center as well as conducting a workshop and
giving an interview to CSULA students working on Statement
Magazine
.

The
2007 recipient of Ghana's national ACRAG award for poetry and
literary advocacy, Nii Ayikwei Parkes held a visiting position at the University
of Southampton and British Council Writer in Residency at
California State University, Los Angeles. He is the author of four
poetry chapbooks, including eyes of a boy, lips of a man
and the Michael Marks Award-shortlisted,

Image Nii Parkes

© Sebastien
Fabre

ballast: a remix
(2009), described in the Guardian as, “An astonishing, powerful
remix of history and language”. As an advocate for African
writing, Nii runs the African Writers’ Evening series (UK) and
contributes journalism on the subject. His début novel Tail of
the Blue Bird
has been translated into Dutch and German and
was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize. Nii's latest book
is The Makings of You (Peepal Tree), a book of poems.

Find out more about Nii Parkes by visiting the
following websites:

Nii Parkes' website: http://www.niiparkes.com/

Peepal Tree Press page for Nii Parkes

An interview with Nii Parkes: http://www.subtletea.com/niiparkesinterview.htm

Nii Parkes page at British
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 return is supported
by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has
received from The James Irvine Foundation and by the
CSULA Lifelong Learning Program, Department of English,
Department of Pan-African Studies, and Peepal Tree.

Nii Parkes at CSULA
Office: E & T A613
Telephone: 323-343-4289

Wednesday, October 19, 6:15pm
King Hall B2007.
A Literary Evening with Nii Ayikwei Parkes Reading from Tale of the Blue Bird
and The Makings of You

Poetry reading open to the public, free
of charge. Q & A and book signing will follow. Nii's books and CD will
be available for sale and autographing at the reading.

 


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