Our Spirits Carry Our Voices: West Oakland to West Africa Poetry Exchange

Our Spirits Carry Our Voices book jacket

In 2016, a group of poets from Oakland embarked on a poetic exchange with poets from Accra, Ghana and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Like pen pals, the poets were assigned partners to exchange with for over a year. Our Spirits Carry Our Voices, the resulting anthology, describes “a reflection of both the process and the journey. Within the exchange one can feel the force of the Oral tradition in the spoken word poetry of our Ghanaian partners who sometimes wrote in their second or even third language."

AAMLO's December Meet the Author program features the writers of the West Oakland to West Africa project. In this special event, local poets from West Oakland read their work alongside poets from Accra, Ghana, and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. 

Find more information about the project at West Oakland to West Africa.

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