Kama Sywor Kamanda

Kama Sywor Kamanda (Source: Wikimedia Commons, Cornischong at Luxembourgish Wikipedia, CC-BY-1.0)On 11 November 1952, Congolese writer, poet, novelist, playwright, essayist and storyteller Kama Sywor Kamanda was born in Luebo, Belgian Congo. He was the founding president of the African Association of Writers. As a writer he subsequently produced a considerable body of literary work, including a dozen anthologies of poetry, several hundred stories, as well as several novels.

Kamanda grew up in southern Congo and in Léopoldville, nowadays Kinshasa. After publishing a first collection of stories at the age of 15, he studied literature, journalism, political science, philosophy and law, and worked in journalism. In 1970, he participated in the creation of the Union of Congolese Writers (Union des écrivains congolais). Forced to leave the Congo in 1977 due to his political activities, Kamanda lived in various European countries before settling in Luxembourg in 1998.

Kamanda's works have been translated into many languages, including English, Japanese, Italian, and Greek. He has earned several major prizes and distinctions, including the Paul Verlaine Prize from the Académie française (1987), the Louise Labé Prize (1990), the Black Africa Grand Prize for Literature (1991), and the Théophile Gautier prize (1993) from the Académie française.

(Source: Wikipedia & Das Luxemburger Autorenlexikon)

Selected publications

Publications about Kama Sywor Kamanda and his work

Kama Sywor Kamanda : regards critiques / Marie-Madeleine. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2007

Kama Kamanda ; poète universel : hommage / Kama Kamanda; Marc Alyn. - Paris [etc.] : L'Harmattan, cop. 1997

Kama Kamanda : poète de l'exil / Pierrette Sartin. - Paris : L'Harmattan, cop. 1994

Kama Kamanda au pays du conte / Marie-Claire De Coninck. - Paris : L'Harmattan, cop. 1993

Publications by Kama Sywor Kamanda

Le sang des solitudes / Kama Kamanda. - Paris [etc.] : L'Harmattan, cop. 2002

Les contes du crépuscule : contes / Kama Kamanda. - Paris [etc.] : Présence africaine, cop. 2000

Oeuvre poétique / Kama Kamanda. - Paris [etc.] : Présence africaine, cop. 1999

La nuit des griots, ou les contes du griot / Kama Kamanda. - Paris : Présence africaine, cop. 1996

Lointaines sont les rives du destin : récit / Kama Kamanda. - Paris : L'Harmattan, cop. 1994

Entretien avec Kama Kamanda, Magazine Ngambo Na Ngambo, 7 janvier 2016

Timeline of Congolese poets via DBpedia and Wikidata