Awoonor, Kofi. “African Literature: The Common Tongue—A Conversation with Kofi Awoonor.” Interview by John Goldblatt. Transition 75/76 (1997): 358. Awoonor explores the roots and commonalities in African literature.
_______. “Kofi Awoonor.” Interview. In Palaver: Interviews with Five African Writers in Texas, edited by Bernth Lindfors. Austin: African and Afro-American Research Institute, University of Texas, 1972. Awoonor discusses the phases of his poetic development, as well as other topics.
_______. “Kofi Awoonor: In Person.” Interview. In In Person: Achebe, Awoonor, and Soyinka at the University of Washington, edited by Karen L. Morrell. Seattle: African Studies Program, Institute for Comparative and Foreign Area Studies, University of Washington, 1975. Awoonor discusses his work, his life, and African poetry.
Egudu, Romanus. Four Modern West African Poets. New York: NOK, 1977. Examines the etiology of conflict in the poetry of Kofi Awoonor and cultural oppression in the poetry of Christopher Okigbo, John Pepper Clark, and Lenrie Peters.
Ojaide, Tanure. “New Trends in Modern African Poetry.” Research in African Literatures 26, no. 1 (Spring, 1995): 4. Examines the ways in which younger African poets have rejected many of the poetic practices associated with the early Awoonor, Christopher Okigbo, Wole Soyinka, and others. Among the characteristics of the new poetry are the national experience, indigenous and oral modes, and a loosening and diversification of language.
Roscoe, Adrian A. Mother Is Gold: A Study in West African Literature. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1971. Examines the roots and historical criticism of a range of West African authors, including Awoonor. Includes bibliography.
Wilkinson, Jane. Talking with African Writers: Interviews with African Poets, Playwrights, and Novelists. Studies in African Literature. London: J. Currey, 1992. Provides a discussion of the history and criticism of African literature as well as a series of interviews with African writers, including Awoonor. Bibliographical references and index.