Nii Parkes

Posted by GhanaNation.com on 2010/03/07 | Views: 74 |

Popular Menu

Nii Parkes

Born in the UK, in 1974, and raised in Ghana (where he attended Achimota School), Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a performance poet, writer and sociocultural c...

Born in the UK, in 1974, and raised in Ghana (where he attended Achimota School), Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a performance poet, writer and sociocultural commentator. A veteran of several poetry festivals, and former Poet-In-Residence at the Poetry Cafe in London, he has performed Poetry in the UK, Europe, Ghana and the US and was a 2005 Associate Artist-In-Residence with BBC Radio 3.


In 2007 he was British Council writer-in-residence at California State University, Los Angeles and became one of the youngest living writers (along with Owen Sheers and Choman Hardi) featured in the Poems on the Underground programme in London for his poem Tin Roof .


Nii runs regular workshops in the UK and has set up a Writer’s Fund in Ghana to promote writing among the country's youth. He has recorded two CDs of his spoken word poetry, Incredible Blues and Nocturne of Phrase, and has published three chapbooks of poetry - eyes of a boy, lips of a man, M is for Madrigal, and the self-published Shorter!, which was put together to raise money for the Writers' Fund initiative. Nii is also the Senior Editor at flipped eye publishing for whom he has edited fourteen two (Editor), Dance the Guns to Silence (Co-Editor with Kadija Sesay) and x-24: unclassified (Co-editor with Tash Aw).


Nii's short stories can be found in Tell Tales: Volume I (Tell Tales) and Mechanics Institute Review (Birkbeck) and an excerpt from his second fiction manuscript, Afterbirth, is featured in the New Writing 15 anthology published by Granta in June 2007. His debut novel, Tail of the Blue Bird, was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2009.


An experienced performer of his work Nii has appeared at readings all over the world, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York; The Royal Festival Hall, London; and Java, Paris, and often leads writing and performance workshops. He was the Resident poet at Borders Bookstores where he hosted the monthly open mike at Charing Cross Road between 2001 and 2005. He now runs the African Writers' Evening series at the Poetry Cafe, in Covent Garden.


Magazines & Journals
Index on Censorship
International PEN Magazine
The Liberal
Mechanics Institute Review
Poetry News
Poetry Review
Sable
Statement (CSULA)
Storyteller Magazine
X Magazine
Wasafiri

Leave Comment Here :




Comments

No comments yet.

Add Comment

* Required information
(never displayed)
 
Bold Italic Underline Strike Superscript Subscript Quote Line Bullet Numeric Link Email Image Video
 
Smile Sad Huh Laugh Mad Tongue Crying Grin Wink Scared Cool Sleep Blush Unsure Shocked
 
1000
Captcha
Refresh
 
Enter code:
 
Notify me of new comments via email.
 
Remember my form inputs on this computer.
 

Latest News: