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Book & Gauge VII, Poetry Party

Just like yesterday, the year began; just like this morning, we started Book N Gauge. We have been here for seven months, reading books, asking questions and entering the worlds of imagination. We think this calls for celebration.  We have the Saraba Mag team with us on this; they would be giving out awards for the PEN/Saraba Poetry Prize.

What are we waiting for? We have an interesting line-up of poets and activities; let’s dive in even as we hope that you RSVP the event, share the event on your blogs, Facebook profiles, invite your friends and get more people interested in reading. That’s the small request we have? And yes, the poetry party is our Christmas gift to all booklovers

Benson Eluma: Poet and Academic

Born in Abeokuta, grew up in Lagos. Eluma has a degree in Communication, Language Arts and Classics, from the University of Ibadan. A confirmed Academic and poet, his interests range from caricatures and rhetorical analysis, psephology, ethnography of conflicts, art criticism, sexuality, the politics of language and virtual society. We guess he will tell us more about these big words on Saturday. He is currently a PhD Student at the Institute of African Studies while he works as a Research Fellow at the Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA), Ibadan.

When Benson is not thinking of Tolulope Odebunmi, he is drinking beer with a riotous conclave of friends while doing stuff online or battling with words in the early hours of the morning or coming to terms with the absurd. Go figure!

Akeem Lasisi: Journalist, Poet and Academic

Looking for the physical definition of “son of the soil’? We present to you, Akeem Lasisi. Born in Ibadan in 1967; attended Ibadan District Council School, Solalu; Iroko  Community Grammar School, Iroko; Oyo (now Osun),  Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and the University of Lagos for his Masters and is at present a doctoral candidate in the English Department.

Lasisi is the Features/Arts Editor of PUNCH by day and poet by night. He is a two-time winner of the ANA/Cadbury Prize for Poetry.  He has three albums of music poetry, ‘Post Mortem’, (1999), ‘Ori Agbe’ (2004), ‘Wonderland/ Eleleture’ (2011). Traditional poetic forms like  Ijala, Esa Egungun, Iremoje, Ekun Iyawo, Ege Egba and Oku Pipe are a great source of inspiration to Lasisi, who is renowned for toeing the steps of Yoruba oral poets.  He is also the author of works ‘Ekun Iyawo: The Bride’s Chant’, ‘Right Option English: Lexis and Structure for Secondary School Students’ and ‘Goodness and Messi: A Collection of Jokes.’

He has performed at events organised by the Ford Foundation, British Council, French Cultural Centre, the USIS, Goethe Institut, GTBank and MTN.  He performed at POETRY Africa in Durban, South Africa in (2003) and Africultures, Berlin, Germany (2009).

Omale Allen Abdul-Jabbar: The Writer-as-a-Civil-Servant

Omale Allen Abdul-Jabbar has a Master’s degree in Law & Diplomacy. He has a rich working experience with the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) at the state and national levels. He writes poetry, fiction, drama and essays.  His work has been published in Hints, Daily Times, Weekly Trust, Fifty Nigerian Poets, Punch, THESE! Magazine online. He was a Finalist on in 2002 for the poem “Love affair” and subsequently published in anthology “Letters from the Soul.”  He writes with the pen name Mmaasa Masai. Married to Rahmah-Allah and blessed with a daughter, Imani, he is currently a Planning Officer at National Commission for colleges of education, Garki, Abuja. Speaking of the “writer-as-a-civil-servant.”

Ekweremadu Franklin Uchenna: Writer

Ekweremadu Franklin Uchenna resides in Kaduna State of Nigeria. Apart from poetry, he also writes short stories and drama. His works have appeared in Flashquake, Sentinel Nigeria Literary, A&U American AIDS Magazine, Wilderness House Literary, and elsewhere. He is working on his first novel.

We have special appearances of poets Niran Okewole, Jumoke Verissimo and Tade Ipadeola.


Ijofire: For the first time on Book N Gauge, we will have a dancer and choreographer; well that’s why it’s a poetry party 😉 Ijofire, improved his dancing as a student of the Department of Drama, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has thrilled many crowds with his dancing. Dancefire performed at the Nike Art Gallery, Osogbo; choreographed for Ajantala, for the 50th Anniversary and for the Osun Contingent at the Abuja Carnival last month.

Plumbline studied as a Geo-scientist, rather than digging oil pipes; he “mines” words. Influenced by poets like the late Mamman Vatsa and the late Ken Saro Wiwa, the songwriter and spoken word artist wrote poetry from his secondary school days.  He performs Spoken Word Poetry at most Lagos Events like Wordslam, Anthill, Taruwa and hosts Chill and Relax. His words dash straight through the heart of the audience and leaving them with thoughts, little mementos to take home.

Aduke is a lady of the strings, with a fantastic voice to complement it. She has opened many shows. She is also an active member of Crown Troupe. Aduke is a different person on stage, in a role; different character on stage with a guitar. Watch out for her album next year.

Auction Session: There will be an auction session. What do you get? Latest books that you can only find online. Hot CDs that are yet to be on the streets (loads of them!). A CD of all Saraba Mag editions (I bet that’s a collector’ item!). The lovely purple Pulpfaction Club T-Shirt (A few people have the shirt!). And yes, the big one: a Kindle so you can take your books everywhere you go. What can we say? E fit be you o!

Open Mic: For the first time ever, we will be giving upcoming poets the stage. Do you have a favourite poem, yours, an old Saraba poem or just a classic? Then send us a short profile with the title of the poem you would love to perform:


·        A one-on-one interaction between authors, performers and readers.

·        A platform for book enthusiasts to meet, interact and network. (Members of PulpFactionClub on Facebook and followers on Twitter would have a grand opportunity to meet).

·        Freebies, lots of it. Let’s start with this. Invite five friends, ensure they come for the event and win a free book.

·        Live performances by: Jeffrey Plumbline and Aduke

·        Book signing.

DATE:  17th December, 2011

TIME: STRICTLY 2pm – 5pm

VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba.

Remember: Bring five friends and win a free book! Gifts are available for early birds too.

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Cave Canem Brings the Drama: A Benefit Performance

A performance to benefit Cave Canem featuring Tracie Morris, Lili Taylor, John Douglas Thompson and other luminaries performing from plays by Cornelius Eady, Jessica Hagedorn, May Joseph and Claudia Rankine.

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TRACIE MORRIS is an interdisciplinary poet who has worked extensively as a sound artist, writer, actor, academic and multimedia performer. She is the author of the poetry collection Chap-T-her Won and five forthcoming
projects: two books of creative writing, a collection of critical writing, and two recording projects—sharpmorris (with Elliott Sharp) and Introducing the Tracie Morris Band. She is Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. Dr. Morris will perform selections from Claudia Rankine and Casey Lewellyn’s Existing Conditions.

LILI TAYLOR has appeared in dozens of films since 1988, including Dogfight, Mystic Pizza and Rudy. She is well known for playing the lead role of Valerie Solanas in the 1996 film I Shot Andy Warhol and for her portrayal of Lisa Kimmel Fisher in the Emmy- and Golden Globe- winning HBO drama Six Feet Under. Ms. Taylor received the 2005 Best Actress award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival for her role in Factotum.

JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON has been called “one of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation,”winning Obie and Lucille Lortel awards for his portrayal of Othello with Theater for a New Audience. He has performed in such modern classics as Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway and Hedda Gabler at the New York Workshop Theater; and he played the lead role in Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones at the Irish Repertory Theater. Mr. Thompson will peform selections from Cornelius Eady’s Brutal Imagination.


CORNELIUS EADY is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008). His Victims of the Latest Dance Craze received the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Running Man, a jazz opera with a score by Diedre Murray and libretto by Eady, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama; and a production of Brutal Imagination won the 2002 Oppenheimer award for the
best first play by an American playwright. With Toi Derricotte, he is co-founder of Cave Canem. He is Professor of English and the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

JESSICA HAGEDORN’s novels include Dream Jungle; The Gangster Of Love, nominated for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize; Dogeaters, nominated for a National Book Award; and Toxicology, forthcoming from Viking Penguin in 2011. Recent work in theatre includes the musical play
Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett and director Michael Greif; Fe in The Desert and Stairway to Heaven; and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters, which was presented at the NYSF/Public Theater, in Manila and elsewhere. Ms. Hagedorn is the Parsons Family University
Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

MAY JOSEPH is a puppeteer, theater director and the founder of Harmattan Theater in New York City. The author of Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship (1999), she currently is completing a play, Fled, and a book on urban citizenship, Metro Lives: Performing the City. She
is Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute.

CASEY LLEWELLYN is a theater artist whose work interrogates identity and form. Excerpts of her play The Quiet Way have been presented as part of the Little Theatre series and Puppet BloK at Dixon Place. She has performed in and written for David Neumann’s work at Barnard College and was seen last year at The Tank in All you need is one good idea, son, choreographed by Yve Laris Cohen.

CLAUDIA RANKINE has published four collections of poetry, most recently Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. Her plays include the revelatory Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, called an “elegant meditation on a pocket of the city you might never think of exploring with guidebook in hand” by The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood; and Existing Conditions
(with Casey Llewellyn), a full-length work exploring race, gender and nation building. A recipient of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lannan Foundation and elsewhere, she is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.

Book and Gauge III

It’s An All Female Cast This Time

Pulpfaction Book Club & Wordsmithy Media Present
Book N Gauge III: ‘Words, Not Gender’

Reading and Discussing:

Lola Shoneyin: Author,’The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’, Pulpfaction Book Club’s August Book of the month selection .

Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo: NLNG Prizer winner for Literature and author, Roses and Bullets.

Simidele Dosekun: Managing Editor of Kachifo Limited, publisher of Farafina Books author of ‘Beem Explores Africa’ and co-author of two children’s textbooks. To discuss her experience at Farafina, editing and on her writing.

Joy Bewaji: Writer and mother. Her first work ‘Eko Dialogue’ was well accepteSeye Oke: Author, ‘Loves Lie’ & ‘Debbies Diary’.
————————————————– Performing: Aramide: Guitarist & Saxophonist.
Aduke: Minstrel & Guitarist.

DATE: Saturday,27th August, 2011

TIME: STRICTLY 2pm – 5pm

VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba.

Bring five friends and win a free book! Free gifts for early comers too!

call for Oyin on 07032487012 BB:271dc292

Supported by: Farafina + Debonair Bookstore. —————————————————-