Mr Kayombo Chingonyi
|Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies|
I joined Durham as Assistant Professor in 2018 after ten years working mainly as a freelance writer and events producer in which capacity I founded and hosted two literary and musical event series; toured extensively around the world; collaborated with visual artists, music producers, composers, and dancers; wrote and performed verse drama; and completed commissions for Argent, Louis Vuitton, and Sony among others. The backbone of my work as a writer is poetry but I also write essays, literary criticism, and short stories for journals and anthologies.
My research interests are in contemporary poetry and in particular the intersection of poetry and music. I am also engaged in the fields of critical race studies, black studies, and studies of whiteness with a particular focus on performativity and lyric subjectivity.
My latest book, A Blood Condition (Chatto & Windus, 2021) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize, The Forward Prize for Best Collection, and the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus, 2017) was a Guardian and Telegraph book of the year and won the International Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award.
I have been a Burgess Fellow at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester, an Associate Poet at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, and poetry editor for The White Review. I am a fellow of the Complete Works Programme for Diversity and Quality in British Poetry, a member of the Advisory Board for the Ledbury Emerging Critics Scheme, and poetry editor for Bloomsbury Publishing. As a broadcaster I'm regularly featured on the radio commenting on poetry and literature and I present the award-winning music and culture podcast Decode.
My first longform non-fiction work, a memoir entitled Prodigal, is forthcoming from 4thEstate.
I was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022.
- Black Studies
- Contemporary Poetry
- Poetry and Music
- Race and Lyric Subjectivity
- 2019: Judge for #Merky Books New Writers' Prize:
- 2018: Judge White Review Poets' Prize:
- 2018: Judge for Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition:
- 2018: International Dylan Thomas Prize:
- 2018: Judge for Poetry Business New Poets Prize:
- 2018: Somerset Maugham Award:
- 2013: Literature Residency at Cove Park:
- 2012: Geoffrey Dearmer Prize:
- 2000: Poetry Editor - The White Review:
- 2000: Poetry Editor - Bloomsbury Publishing:
- Chingonyi, K. (2021). A Blood Condition. Chatto & Windus
- Chingonyi, K. (2017). Kumukanda. Chatto & Windus
- Chingonyi, K. (2016). The Colour of James Brown's Scream. (3). Akashic Books
- Chingonyi, K. (2012). Some Bright Elegance. Salt Publishing
Chapter in book
- Chingony, K. (2018). Blood. In N. Beauman, & N. Alderman (Eds.), Beneath the skin : great writers on the body (67-76). Profile Books
- Chingonyi, K. (2020). ‘Whitely’: Race and Lyric Subjectivity in Clare Pollard’s Poetry. Wasafiri, 35(3), 43-47. https://doi.org/10.1080/02690055.2020.1760484