Editors' Selection from the 2020 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. For a young Ghanaian girl who traveled from the hot winds of Accra to the pulsating rhythms of the Bronx, belonging is elusive. Torn between her desires to be West African and American at the same time, she negotiates linguistic and cultural barriers that force her to reinvent herself. Set in spaces that often drown out the songs of Black women, BLACK BALLAD offers us poems of compassion toward womanhood, toward rediscovery in the exhaustion of migration. Afua Ansong sounds the chant of joy into existence.
Afua Ansong is a scholar and artist currently completing a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Rhode Island. She is an advocate of Black/African women's voices. Her work interrogates representations of Black female subjectivities in African Diaspora Literature. She has two chapbooks, Try Kissing God (Akashic, 2020) and American Mercy (Finishing Line Press, 2019), and has published work in Prairie Schooner, Four Way Review, Maine Review, and other journals. She has received scholarships from Bread Loaf and Blue Mountain Center.