Bio

Biography:

Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, was published in June 2017 by Chatto & Windus. As well as being widely published in journals and anthologies, Kayo has been invited to read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally. He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and has completed residencies with Kingston University, Cove Park, First Story, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016 and co-edited issue 62 of Magma Poetry and the Autumn 2016 edition of The Poetry Review. He is now poetry editor for The White Review. Kayo is also an emcee, producer, and DJ and regularly collaborates with musicians and composers both as a poet and a lyricist. He holds down a fortnightly show on Netil Radio called Keep It 100 which is a celebration of groove and feeling in music spanning from rockabilly ditties to afrobeats (with regular forays into R&B, Hip Hop, and House).

Quotes:

‘His language is wonderfully searching, his imagery a series of small doors opening onto a whole house echoing with harmonic play and set with delicate rhythmic trip wires.’ – Jane Draycott (Judge’s Commentary – Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2012)

 

22 comments

  1. Excited to find your blog – great surprise – and looking forward to reading more posts. (And thanks for the link!)

    JSx

  2. Jules Mann says:

    Hey Kayo,
    Great to catch up with you via your blog.
    Lots of exciting stuff – some I’ve just missed (darn!) but more to explore. Looks like you’re doing well!
    Jules

  3. […] Kayo Chingonyi is a young critic, poet, events producer and creative writing tutor. He represented his country, Zambia, at the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus in 2012. […]

  4. Charlotte Goodman says:

    Loved your talk at Banbury Live. The link to music was fab particularly the poem regarding the tape episode of recording the top 40. Will definitely look out for more of yourwork.

  5. […] and Dagenham. Poet: Kayo Chingonyi. Can you find this poem at night? Kayo’s poem will be projected onto Royal Festival […]

  6. […] wrote about the recent Blahblahblah event where I got to share the stage with Hannah Silva and Kayo Chingonyi – check out the review, then browse through the rest of the site. Well worth your […]

  7. […] she was a feminist on Twitter. There were turns from many young writers; Bobby Parker, Amy Acre and Kayo Chingonyi amongst them. I’d have seen more but it was a hot day and I needed a beer now and then […]

  8. […] cross-disciplinary feminist performance, Schlock!, the sharpness and rightness of young Kayo Chingonyi‘s poetry and social criticism, the brilliant Tom Pickard with his songs and poems coming from […]

  9. […] will work with poet and writer Kayo Chingonyi to make a book of Marks Gate, a personal archive containing stories, memories, pictures and objects […]

  10. Catherine says:

    Had an inspiring time at Tongue Fu as part of the Cuirt festival in Galway. Your lyrics and musicality blew me away. Magic in fact. The entire event.
    Deeelighted now to find this blog.
    Could you link me up to notifications for any workshops you will be facilitating in Ireland or the uk?

  11. […] Day’ at the Creative Cafe on Marks Gate. Local residents worked with poet and writer Kayo Chingonyi to make a book of Marks Gate, a personal archive containing stories, memories, pictures and objects […]

  12. […] The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and features lovely people like Kayo Chingonyi and Emmy the […]

  13. […] Kayo Chingonyi is a young critic, poet, events producer and creative writing tutor. He represented his country, Zambia, at the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus in 2012. […]

  14. […] in the poetry. I was seriously impressed. I also felt honoured to share the line-up with the amazing Kayo Chingonyi, Debs Newbold and Dan Cockrill. I’d never seen any of them perform before so that was a real […]

  15. […] producer/creative director Nathalie Teitler for the Dancing Words project, featuring poet/dancer Kayo Chingonyi, poet/dancer/choreographer Sean Graham, and a composition by Gemma Weekes (who is also an […]

  16. […] The Jazz Salon host, journalist and broadcaster, Kevin Le Gendre, heads up this conversation featuring author and academic Paul Gilroy; poet, MC, teacher and musician Joshua Idehen; and poet, writer and director Kayo Chingonyi. […]

  17. […] music itself is a collaboration between composer Fred Thomas and poet Kayo Cingonyi, using compositions from composer Leos Janacek. It’s at intervals frantic and chilling – […]

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