Decolonising Our Minds presents a night of poetry and music. Inspired by Fanons ‘The Wretched Of The Earth’ We will explore the process of decolonisation as one of disorder, a practice and process that is working out its contradictions.
“Decolonization, which sets out to change the order of the world, is, obviously, a program of complete disorder” Frantz Fanon
We will have live performances from the acts below
Ifeanyi Awachie @ifeanyiawachie
Ifeanyi Awachie is a Nigerian-American writer. She studied English at Yale, where she wrote, performed, and competed with Teeth Slam Poets, Yale’s nationally-recognized slam poetry team, of which she was Artistic Director. Her poetry deals with themes such as first-generation Nigerian identity and black female beauty and sexuality. Ifeanyi is founder of Literary Happy Hour, a reading and performance series for writers of color in New Haven, Connecticut. She’s an alum of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, the only multigenre writing program in the US dedicated to black and brown writers. Ifeanyi is currently doing her Master’s in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS.
Momtaza Mehri @RuffneckRefugee
Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist and co-editor of the digital platform Diaspora Drama. Her work is featured and forthcoming in DAZED, Sukoon, The Rialto, VINYL and Poetry International. Her chapbook sugah.lump.prayer will be published in the New Generation African Poets series. She is a Complete Works Fellow.
Ed Luker @Rivetpoetry
Ed Luker is a poet and a writer. He is the author of Peak Return (Shit Valley Press, 2014), Headlost (RIVET. Press, 2014) and The Sea Together (Materials Press, 2016). He is currently working on a long prose-poem on the non-citizen, detainment, attainment and the ideology of the British state and its taxpayer called Universal Attainment Centre.
Azad is a poet from South London currently writing his thesis for his MA in Critical Theory on Arab Surrealism. Unofficial member of the Brighton Underground, co-founder of the Sussex Guild of Poetry, and former MC for Primitive People. Azad’s poem “Against the Frame” has appeared in De Arrest Me.
Samira Musa @sam1ra_
Samira Musa is a poet, newly-born performance artist, resistant academic and babygirl. Her most recent work contends with the Black Muslim engagement with carceral power, space, centrifugality and the formation of new modes of existence. Born and bred in London, she recently graduated from the MA Arts Politics program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts after completing her undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of Birmingham. After traveling 70 states, Samira currently resides in Washington, D.C where she works for a community organization and continues to be her own problematic fave.
There will be music and vibes to keep us going later in the night.
DJs: 2K b2b Zaleel
The event is free and open to all.