Dzifa Benson

Writer | Producer | Performance Maker

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Journalism & Criticism

Some of Dzifa's music and poetry criticism, interviews, articles, essays and features have appeared in the following newspapers and magazines. She has interviewed everyone from jazz musicians to Hollywood stars including Lorna Goodison (Poet Laureate of Jamaica), Jennifer Tilly (star of cult films like Bound), Trevor Nelson (BBC radio DJ and music impressario) and Michael Franti (Disposable Heros of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead).

 
  Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Scheme, 2017   - Ledbury Poetry Festival in collaboration with award-winning poets Sandeep Parmar (winner of the Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize 2017) and Sarah Howe (winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize 2016) co-founded this mentoring programme designed to encourage diversity in poetry reviewing culture and support emerging critical voices. Dzifa was one of the eight critics selected for the scheme.

Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Scheme, 2017 - Ledbury Poetry Festival in collaboration with award-winning poets Sandeep Parmar (winner of the Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize 2017) and Sarah Howe (winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize 2016) co-founded this mentoring programme designed to encourage diversity in poetry reviewing culture and support emerging critical voices. Dzifa was one of the eight critics selected for the scheme.


  Profile of Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica.

Profile of Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica.

  Review of the poetry collections of 3 African poets - Gabriel Okara, Jack Mapanje and Mahtem Shiferraw

Review of the poetry collections of 3 African poets - Gabriel Okara, Jack Mapanje and Mahtem Shiferraw

  Reviews of Iraqi Christ short story collection and Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting poetry collection.

Reviews of Iraqi Christ short story collection and Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting poetry collection.


  Review of #Afterhours poetry collection.

Review of #Afterhours poetry collection.

  Performance Is The Thing, essay contemplating the nature of performance.

Performance Is The Thing, essay contemplating the nature of performance.

  Consuming and Producing Culture, essay comparing being a producer with being a consumer of pop culture.

Consuming and Producing Culture, essay comparing being a producer with being a consumer of pop culture.


  Article making the case for Mills & Boon.

Article making the case for Mills & Boon.

  Essay on growing up in a mixed race and mixed culture family.

Essay on growing up in a mixed race and mixed culture family.

  Short essay on the nature of poetry post-Brexit.

Short essay on the nature of poetry post-Brexit.


  Dzifa is a frequent contributor to this online magazine covering art, film, literature, music and performance and is its poetry editor.

Dzifa is a frequent contributor to this online magazine covering art, film, literature, music and performance and is its poetry editor.

  Small Objects of Desire is a repository for Dzifa to write short pieces about popular culture that don't fit easily elsewhere. It is subject to the capricious nature of artistic license. Armed with 80wpm and too much geekery than is fashionable, she reports back from the frontline of popular culture. The random prevails. Anything could happen.

Small Objects of Desire is a repository for Dzifa to write short pieces about popular culture that don't fit easily elsewhere. It is subject to the capricious nature of artistic license. Armed with 80wpm and too much geekery than is fashionable, she reports back from the frontline of popular culture. The random prevails. Anything could happen.

 

Poetry & Stories

Dzifa's poetry and stories have appeared in the several anthologies and journals including the following publications.

 
  Poem - How I Learned to Dance with the Octopus - about the transformation of woman into a creature of the sea.

Poem - How I Learned to Dance with the Octopus - about the transformation of woman into a creature of the sea.

  Poem - Myself When I'm Real - about a lost woman trying to find her way with the help of her ancestors.

Poem - Myself When I'm Real - about a lost woman trying to find her way with the help of her ancestors.

  Poem - The $40,000 Pill - about Marion's foolhardiness in Psycho. A Telegraph newspaper 'best of recent poetry' books.

Poem - The $40,000 Pill - about Marion's foolhardiness in Psycho. A Telegraph newspaper 'best of recent poetry' books.


  Two poems - Here, This Bird and Little Wing contemplating the death of someone close.

Two poems - Here, This Bird and Little Wing contemplating the death of someone close.

  Poem - Violation - about Star Trek's Captain James T Kirk.

Poem - Violation - about Star Trek's Captain James T Kirk.

  Poem - The Counterplayer Gazes In and Lives to Tell the Tale.

Poem - The Counterplayer Gazes In and Lives to Tell the Tale.


  Poem - Coitus, Refracted - about the power of sex.

Poem - Coitus, Refracted - about the power of sex.

  Photo story in homage to The Rake's Progress.

Photo story in homage to The Rake's Progress.

  Poem - Bottom Power - about Saartjie Baartman, the Hottentot Venus.

Poem - Bottom Power - about Saartjie Baartman, the Hottentot Venus.


  Poem - The $40,000 Pill - about Marion's foolhardiness in Psycho.

Poem - The $40,000 Pill - about Marion's foolhardiness in Psycho.

  Poem - How to Be a Creme Brulee - about a woman's transformation.

Poem - How to Be a Creme Brulee - about a woman's transformation.

  Short story - Tempting Faith - about the trickster god, Legba.

Short story - Tempting Faith - about the trickster god, Legba.

 

Editorial

Dzifa writes feedback reports on the manuscripts of nascent writers for The Literary Consultancy and is a longlist judge on the Commonwealth Foundation's Short Story Prize. She also writes critical perspectives on British writers for the British Council.

 
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