DAR ES SALAAM. We have titled this series of workshops Poetry as Preservation as we aim to explore local heritage whilst focusing on language and the impact of borders have on how individuals choose to identify. Our workshops were grounded in Swahili and Sudanese poetry alongside diasporic East African voices, highlighting the linguistic and stylistic diversity of the region’s poetics. From Shabaan bin Robert (often called the father of Swahili poetry) -to Taban Lo Liyong Mahjoub Sharif and Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, we used poets to celebrate East African poetics as both a set of traditions and a window into questions of national identity and belonging.