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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.
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.