amadou-lamine-sall---senegalAmadou Lamine Sall, was born in 1951 in Kaolack, Senegal, Amadou works as an adviser to the Minister of Culture in Senegal , but above all else describes himself as a poet. Leopold Sedar Senghor considered him ‘the most gifted poet of his generation'.

He is the founder of the Maison Africaine de la Poésie Internationale (African House of International Poetry) – MAPI –, as well as President of the Poetry Biennale of Dakar, which will hold its 4 th edition in November this year. He is also a member of the World Academy of Poetry, which is based in Verona , Italy .

 

He won the Great Prize of the French Academy and is the author of a number poetry anthologies, which have been translated into several languages, including English, Spanish, Polish, German, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, and Greek.

 

His published works include Mante des aurores(Poem, 1979), Comme un iceberg en flammes(Poem, 1982) which won the Second International Claude Sernet Rodez Prize of Poetry, Anthology of Poets from Senegal with a foreword by Léopold Sédar Senghor,  Regards sur la Francophonie  (Taking a look at the francophonie), a collection of lectures on the concept of  francophonie (1991),  Le Prophèteor Le cœur aux mains de pain (1997) Amantes d'Aurores (1998),  Odes nues (En Vues ed., 1998) and Les veines sauvages (2001).

 

Amadou Lamine Sall's poetry has been adapted for short films in Europe , and features in the programmes and curricula of many universities across the world. His writing has also been the subject of many doctoral theses.

 

In addition to being an accomplished poet, Amadou Lamine Sall currently serves as the Director of the Goree-Almadies Memorial Project in the Senegalese Ministry of Culture and is president of the Maison Africaine de la Poesie Internationale. He has also been invited to participate in conferences by the Universities of Dakar, Edinburgh, Montreal, Fredericton (New Brunswick, Canada), Toronto (University of York), Wells (New York), and Beyrouth.