Poetry Time at Goethe Abansoro with Elizabeth Johnson and Aincre Maame-Fosu Evans
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” – L. M. Montgomery
Well, we can’t say what an eternal June would be like, but we can assure you that Poetry Time for the month of June will be one worth remembering... hopefully forever, and for all the good reasons. This month’s Poetry Time at Goethe Abansoro is happening on Wednesday 15th June at 7 PM GMT at Goethe-Institut in Cantonments, Accra. It promises to be a night of powerful poetry and stirring conversation, focusing on the theme of "change".
Here’s who we have on the bill:
Poet Aincre Maame-Fosua Evans is a researcher and writer currently working at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. Her research centres on African gender studies and draws predominantly from decolonial and African-feminist theory. Aincre’s work addresses the challenges of recovering and resurfacing gendered historical narratives that sit on the periphery of African history. Currently, she is working on curating an intergenerational history of Ghanaian women’s experiences around the politics of respectability and the different influences that have shaped these politics in Ghana.
Poet Elizabeth Johnson is a writer and researcher. She works with the Writers Project of Ghana as a media and programs coordinator as well as the Manager for the annual literary festival, Pa Gya! A Literary Festival in Accra. She writes short stories and poetry and her works have been published both online and in various anthologies. She won third place in the Kofi Awoonor Literary Awards (2018) and was guest editor for the Random Prize Anthology, Identity, during the Pandemic (2021). Elizabeth has also produced various events for The Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) such as WOMANFEST (2021) and the LOATAD Symposium (2022). She is currently a resident with Oroko Radio where she produces and hosts a show dedicated to Highlife Music and works as a Faculty Intern at Ashesi University.
Moderator Henneh Kyereh Kwaku is the author of Revolution of the Scavengers, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. He's the founder & co-editor for @WildPine_Poetry: an Instagram-based zine, the Contemporary Ghanaian Writers Series (CGWS), Olongo Africa, & the Rev/host of Church of Poetry on Twitter Spaces. His poems and hybrids have appeared/ forthcoming in Academy of American Poets’ A-Poem-A-Day, World Literature Today, Poetry Society of America, Tupelo Quarterly, Lolwe, Agbowó, Tampered Press, Praxis Magazine, IceFloe Press, Random Photo Journal, Lunaris Review, CGWS, New South Journal, Samira Bawumia Literary Prize Winners Anthology, Resilience, Olongo Africa, Eremite Poetry & elsewhere. He's a 2022 WAW Resident at LOATAD. He is from Gonasua in the Bono Region of Ghana. Say hi to him on Twitter/IG: @kwaku_kyereh.
Be there in person or online. We look forward to seeing you.
Venue: Goethe-Institut, 30 Kakramadu Road, East Cantonments, Accra.
Date: Wednesday 15th June, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM
Online: IG (@writersPG) / FB (Writers Project of Ghana) / Youtube (@WPGTV)
Zoom: Meeting ID: 839 2744 4989 Passcode: 339444