Kayo CHINGONYI

Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, was published in June 2017 by Chatto & Windus and went on to win the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. Kayo has been invited to read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally. He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and has completed residencies with Kingston University, Cove Park, First Story, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016, Anthony Burgess Fellow at Manchester University in 2018, and co-edited issue 62 of Magma Poetry and the Autumn 2016 edition of The Poetry Review. He is now poetry editor for The White Review. Kayo is also an emcee, producer, and DJ and regularly collaborates with musicians and composers both as a poet and a lyricist.

  • Balassi Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels
  • Leeuwarden Europan Capital of Culture 2018
  • Greenlandic Writers Association
  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity
  • Orfeu - Livraria Portuguesa
  • Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • Ambassade du Luxembourg à Bruxelles
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Camões Instituto de Cooperação e Língua Portugal
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Austrian Cultural Forum
  • It Skriuwersboun
  • Danish Cultural Institute
  • Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Belgium
  • Yunus Emre Institute
  • Spain Arts and Culture - Cultural and Scientific Service of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union
  • Czech Centre Brussels
  • Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels
  • Scottish Government EU Office
  • Mission of the Faroes to the EU
  • MuntPunt
  • Ville de Bruxelles
  • Polish Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels
  • Embassy of Ireland
  • Etxepare Euskal Institutua
  • LOFT 58
  • Instituto Cervantes Brussels
  • Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Greenland Representation to the European Union
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union
  • Commission européenne