Sunday, August 24, 2008
PALF at Kokrobitey
Talk about your audacity of hope . . .
Just two days after we'd been walking through the dungeons of El Mina, we found ourselves in a room watching West Africans busily turning out Obama shirts.
The second week of the Pan African Literary Forum we moved further up the coast to the small town of Kokrobitey, where we took up residence at the Kokrobitey Institute, a place that would have reminded me of summer camp had I ever been to summer camp.
Another of the visitors at the institute was a scholar from Princeton who was working on a long-term education project -- Her children were instantly adopted by our group.
There, the workshops, lectures, panels and readings resumed in full force in the beautiful surroundings of coastal Ghana.
The first big reading featured the poets, fiction and non-fiction writers whose submitted works had won the PALF writing competition. Following the contest winners, we heard from invited writers from Africa and America.