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August 3, 2015

Badilisha Poetry ExchangeAs vast as the continent is, there has never before been a single online collection of Africa’s poetic voices. The Badilisha Poetry X-Change is correcting that omission, gathering the words and voices of, to date, more than 350 African poets from 24 countries. A radio-style audio archive, BPX provides an introduction and bio for each poet along with text and audio files of one or more of the poet’s work. Two new poets are featured each week.

Providing wider exposure for African poets benefits the poets themselves as well as local, regional and international audiences. The user-friendly, searchable Badilisha Poetry X-Change website explains, “of all the published books in the world, the works of African authors comprise only two percent.” With a growing collection (BPX accepts submissions), the website and podcasts, a Facebook page and an upcoming roadtrip, Badilisha Poetry X-Change hopes to bring wider attention to seldom-heard voices that contribute to the rich tapestry of poetry worldwide.

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