OGOV Roundtable Discussion #6 - About the Participants

Prince Mensah:
Born in Ghana, Prince Mensah has twenty-five stage plays to his credit. Some of them have been acted at the Accra Arts Center and at several locations in Accra. His articles and stories have been published in the STEP magazine, P & P, Ghanadot.com and The Free Press. His poetry has been published in the Munyori Journal, UNESCO's Other Voices International Project, The Muse Literary Magazine and the Dublin Writer's Workshop.

Prince is head of North American promotions for One Ghana, One Voice, and moderated this roundtable discussion

Michelle Labossiere Brandt:

Michelle is a mother, poet, and nurse and co-founder (president) of Rhythm International Foundation of Edmonton and Ghana. Her shared vision of humanity has helped create the mission and objectives of Rhythm International Foundation but she recognizes that this organization and it's projects have been given life because of the all the dedicated people who have given of their time, talent and abundance.

Martin Egblewogbe:

Martin Egblewogbe is the co-founder of the Writers Project of Ghana. He also edits the "Ghanaian Book Review" and has a keen interest in literature. He mainly writes short stories and poetry.

Martin is currently studying at Clemson University, South Carolina.

Ivor Hartmann:

Ivor W. Hartmann is a Zimbabwean writer, editor, publisher and visual artist, currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of Mr. Goop (Vivlia, 2010), and was nominated for the UMA Award (2009), and awarded The Golden Baobab Prize (2009).

He is the editor/publisher of StoryTime, co-editor/publisher of African Roar, consulting editor African Writing Magazine, and serves on the advisory board of Writers International Network Zimbabwe.

His writing has appeared in StoryTime, African Writing Magazine, Wordsetc, Munyori Literary Journal, Something Wicked, Paulo Coelho's Blog, Sentinel Literary Quartley, African Writer, Kubatana, and the anthology African Roar (StoryTime Publishing, 2010).

Nii Ayikwei Parkes:

Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a writer, editor, socio-cultural commentator and performance poet. A 2007 recipient of Ghana's national ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy, his d├ębut novel Tail of the Blue Bird has been translated into Dutch and German and was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize. Nii's latest books of poetry are the Michael Marks Award-shortlisted pamphlet, ballast: a remix (2009), described in the Guardian as, “An astonishing, powerful remix of history and language” and The Makings of You (Peepal Tree Press).

Emmanuel Sigauke:
Emmanuel Sigauke was born in Zimbabwe, where he started writing at the age of thirteen. After graduating from the University of Zimbabwe with a BA in English, he moved to California, where he completed graduate studies. He teaches English at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, where he is an editor for the Cosumnes River Journal. He is the founder and editor of Munyori Poetry Journal.

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