At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1st, literary magazine AGNI will host a party to launch its 75th issue and 40th anniversary at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. This celebration will start with a Robert Lowell “extravaganza” that includes a slideshow of never-before-released photos of the Boston native. Fanny Howe, Tom Sleigh, Lloyd Schwartz and many others will offer their reflections on the man and his poems. The release party, which is free and open to the public, will follow.
Today the literary and cultural magazine AGNI—with cosponsors the Center for African Studies, the African American Studies Program, and PEN New England—celebrates contemporary African fiction with an afternoon panel discussion and an evening reading and reception. These events feature four voices in African writing: the acclaimed Nigerian novelist Helon Habila; Ugandan writer Doreen Baingana; Caine Prize–winner Henrietta Rose-Innes of South Africa; and Zimbabwean story-writer Bernard Farai Matambo. The panel discussion will be moderated by celebrated Nigerian writer E. C. Osondu and will include Senegalese drumming and traditional African dancing. The panel discussion will take place at 4PM at 232 Bay State Road followed by a reading and reception at 7PM at the Photonics Center. The events are free and open to the public.