African Voices wants to thank 178 readers for selecting our first storytelling award. It was a difficult choice. The three short stories and two long form poems are excellent treasures and we are grateful for the chance to share these amazing stories with you. Our hope is you will continue to share the stories with your family and friends.
Congratulations to award-winning poet Brad Walrond on being selected by our readers as the 1st AV Readers Choice Award 2018 recipient! African Voices wants to acknowledge Marsha Cann, author of “Recollecting Holy Ground, an Iron, and Washtub,” as the second runner up in our online poll — only seven votes separated the two stories! “Tribute to Kalief Browder” received 42 percent and “Recollecting Holy Ground” 38 percent!
Thanks to the writers whose work was in consideration for the award and $150 cash prize for participating in our first online readers choice poll.
Join us in honoring Brad Walrond whose forthcoming book “every where alien” will be published by Moore Black Press!
BRAD WALROND, AV READERS CHOICE AWARD WINNER 2018
Poet, author, mixed-media performance artist and activist Brad Walrond was born in Brooklyn, NY to first generation Caribbean parents from Barbados. Brad began writing and performing at the age of 24 when asked to participate in a theatre production curated by Harry Belafonte. Brad soon became one of the foremost writers and performers of the 1990s Black Arts Movement centered in Brooklyn.
Brad has collaborated with artists like Erykah Badu and Camille Brown & Dancers. Brad’s first recording is a single Underneath the Metal on the breakout spoken word compilation album Eargasms: Crucial Poetics Vol. 1 featuring among others Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, jessica Care moore, Mos Def aka Yasin Bey, and Saul Williams.
Brad’s poetry has been published in the New York Times, African Voices, Moko Magazine, and Eleven Eleven. Brad’s work focuses on development of human consciousness by exploring the prisms of race, desire, identity, sacred practice, and science. Brad received his BA in Political Science from the City College of New York and his MA in Political Science from Columbia University. Moore Black Press will publish his first collection of prose and poems “every where alien.” Follow Brad on Instagram: @bradwalrond.