UEL presents Kondwani Fidel at Gerry's Kitchen
UEL brings 'the voice of Baltimore' to east London
The University of East London (UEL) is bringing one of the most exciting young African American writers to the UK.
Kondwani Fidel, a young artist from Baltimore, Maryland USA, will spend a week in London and Birmingham doings readings and workshops, culminating in a spoken word and music performance at Gerry’s Kitchen in east London.
Described as the voice of Baltimore, Kondwani uses his life experiences to promote social justice and equality, through challenging systemic racism in society.
Author of critically acclaimed book Raw Wounds he has been featured in Washington Post, Mic, CNN, and has made multiple television appearances on RT America. He has been published in The Root, The Afro, and City Paper.
The idea of bringing Kondwani to the UK came to UEL Public Health lecturer Julie Botticello.
“I came across Kondwani on Twitter in late last summer, when his autobiographical essay, "How a young boy has been decaying in Baltimore since age 10: A death note", went viral. His story spoke to my heart and I reached out to see if he would be interested in coming to UEL to work with our students and the local community. We've been Skyping ever since to meet and plan the event, and now, his first UK visit is finally here!”
The Washington Post says “Kondwani Fidel is making a name for himself as a voice of Baltimore… his [works dive] into his life experiences, depression, and loss of loved ones, with commentary about how racism contributes to poverty and injustices in Baltimore."
Fidel is a 2016 recipient of the ‘Ford: Men of Courage Award,’ and a M.F.A. Candidate at the University of Baltimore, concentrating on Creative Writing and Publishing Arts. He is from, and currently lives in, Baltimore, Maryland.
Kondwani Fidel will be performing at Gerry Kitchen, 2 Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 on Friday 23 March.
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He will also be performing at the Manor Park Library on Tuesday 20 March, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green on Wednesday 21 March, and Stratford Library on Thursday 22 March