Andrew Moss: Stories from the Studio
This week STA was delighted to meet Andrew Geoffrey Kwabena Moss. Andrew is a writer and teacher who has lived in the UK, Japan and currently Australia. Of Anglo-Ghanaian heritage, his work seeks to explore and challenge liminal landscapes, complex identities and the social constructs of race. Andrew is a member of the ACT Writers’ Centre and has previously had work published by Afropean, People in Harmony, Fly on the Wall Press, Fair Acre Press, Golden Walkman, Beliveau Books, Poor Yorick Literary Journal, GMGA Publishing, The Good Life Review, Red Penguin Books, Scissortail Press, The Minison Project, dyst Literary Journal, Sound the Abeng, Rigorous, Wingless Dreamer, Litoria Press and The Caribbean Writer.
Most recently, his work is featured in ‘The Best New British and Irish Poets Anthology 2019-2021’, The Black Spring Press Group; ‘Poetry for the Planet: An Anthology of Imagined Futures’, Litoria Press and ‘Nombono: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Poets’ by Sundress Publications. His poetry was included in the ‘Beyond Alienation, Hatred and Terror’, Poetry in Times of Conflict series, Writers Workshop India and The Black Anthology, Language 2 with 10:10 Press. Andrew has received a Best of the Net Award, Pushcart Prize and Rhysling Award nominations for his poetry.
His debut collection ‘Childish Recollections’ will be published by The Black Spring Press Group. ‘Nicked Names’, his debut novella is forthcoming with RoseyRavelston on 16th July. Website: https://www.agkmoss.com/
“My debut novella ‘Nicked Names’ will be published on 16th July by RoseyRavelston (a Blue Mountains publisher and bookshop). I am looking forward to book launches in Canberra and Goulburn in the following month. Currently, I am adapting my ‘Nicked Names’ novella into a playscript. I have recently completed a poetry manuscript that is under review. In September I will start an MRes in Africa & the African Diaspora. I am slowly drafting a memoir but enjoying the process! I frequently perform my poetry at That Poetry Thing @Smith’s Alternative in Canberra. I will promote my debut poetry collection Childish Recollections in the UK with The Black Spring Press Group (London based).”
“I am a member of the writing team for Sound the Abeng: Writing Black, Aboriginal and Indigenous Lives’ online literary newsletter/ magazine. I regularly contribute poetry and articles that elevate voices in the discourse on Black, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Peoples. This publication aims to break down barriers and cross the line between scholarly work and general readership to emphasize the significant ways in which our lives are entangled across borders. We aim to write articles that will grab your attention and inspire you to delve deeper into interrogating the complexities of the African Diaspora. We strive to highlight the empowering effects of scholars, researchers, writers and activists connecting with each other across the continents, forging alliances in ways never before investigated or reported.”
“In addition, I am a member of STRONG IN THE BROKEN PLACES: POETICS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, a writing collaborative that stretches across the globe, scripting a narrative with literary warriors who are intentional in writing truth into history, in exposing the ugly truths of social injustice while at the same time offering up the healing power of words. Writers speak from the intimate chambers of their soul to reveal the redemptive power of storytelling and community through words designed to inspire, entertain, and provoke thoughtful responses.”
Some of Andrew’s work including poems, videos and podcast appearances can be seen on his website: https://www.agkmoss.com/