Chingonyi, Kayo

Kayo Chingonyi

Elected: 2022

Kayo Chingonyi is a Zambian/British poet, writer, editor, and broadcaster. His first collection, Kumukanda, won the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. Kayo is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Durham University, a writer and presenter for Decode on Spotify, and poetry editor at Bloomsbury. His most recent collection A Blood Condition was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Costa Poetry Award. His memoir, Prodigal, is forthcoming from 4th Estate.


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