Poetry and – Obsidian


May 13th, 2021, 7.00 p.m. (online)


Obsidian is a new foundation for Black poets of African descent launched by award-winning poet Nick Makoha. Its aim is to create a safe space for Black poets to grow as writers, by holding a one-week retreat. The first retreat took place in November 2020.


At this latest ‘Poetry and…’ event,  Obsidian’s founder Nick Makoha, currently studying for a Creative Writing PhD at King’s, will read his own work and present three Obsidian Foundation alumni from its first year: Ariana Benson, Zakia Carpenter-Hall and Saddiq Dzukogi.


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Ariana Benson won the 2019 Academy of American Poets’/Edith A. Hambie Poetry Prize, and is doing an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway.




Zakia Carpenter-Hall was an inaugural winner of Poetry London’s mentoring scheme. Her pamphlet Event Horizon appeared in 2017. She’s a Jerwood Bursary Recipient and London Library Emerging Writer. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, Magma, Wild Court, 3:AM and reviews and essays in Poetry London and Poetry Review.



Saddiq Dzukogi’s first book Your Crib, My Qibla (University of Nebraska Press 2021) contains powerful elegies for a child. He is studying for a PhD at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.