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Cheswayo Mphanza

Cheswayo Mphanza’s work has been featured in the New England Review, Paris Review, the Hampden-Sydney Review, Lolwe, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Birdfeast. A finalist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and a recipient of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, his debut collection, The Rinehart Frames, won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

Poetry

Two white men carrying briefcases walk in on a congressional meeting held by African leaders dressed in Western attire. Clapping at the president who resembles Léopold Senghor. He uses words like “revolutionary” and “independence” and they garner an applause.

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A recording of the launch event for Boston Review’s new literary anthology, Ancestors. Renowned writers read their poems, fiction, and more.

Domenica Ruta Adam McGee Ivelisse Rodriguez Tyehimba Jess Sonia Sanchez Ed Pavlić Cheswayo Mphanza Yeoh Jo-Ann