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The African Origins of UFOs (Salt Modern Fiction)

ISBN-13: 978-1844712724
ISBN-10: 1844712729
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Vestiges of plot - concerning a galaxy where melanin is exchanged like an illicit drug - are a little hard to fathom in a novel the publishers describe as psychedelic noir. They say this book blends 'the diasporic with the avant garde', which may sound scary, but the rhythmic beauty of the text still makes it an inviting read. Joseph can recite a staggering 80% of UFOs from memory, and if he happens to be performing near you, he is well worth catching live. This book could almost be a CD. Pulp Net

About the Author

Anthony Joseph is a Trinidad- born poet, novelist, musician and lecturer described as 'the leader of the black avant-garde in Britain'. His written work and performance moves between surrealism, experiments with language and form, Jazz and the rhythms of Caribbean speech and music. He is the author of four poetry collections and a novel The African Origins of UFOs. In 2005 he was selected by the Arts Council of England and Renaissance One as one of 50 Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature. In 2012 he represented Trinidad at the Poetry Parnassus Festival on London's South Bank. He performs internationally and tours with his band The Spasm Band with which he has released four critically acclaimed albums. His fifth album Time was produced by Meshell Ndgeocello and will be released in Spring 2014.


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African American literature and lore, and its invaluable contribution to American and world culture, is a frequent topic of my writing. I also write about migration, and how community, identity, and experience are built and shared in poems, essays, stories, and performances. I served as founding Curator of the African American Poetry Archive at Hampton University and founding Director of the UK's first BA Creative Writing program at the University of Bedfordshire. I now live in southern California, and spend much of my time on the water, while serving as Founding Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and Professor of African American Literature and Culture, Creative Writing, and American Studies at California State University in Los Angeles.

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