The journal of contemporary literature and culture New Orleans Review has put together a new issue themed The African Literary Hustle, and it will be released this month.

The publication, the journal’s issue 43, features 34 contributors. They include Writivism founder Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire; Hellman-Hammett Award winner Unoma Azuah; 2015 Brunel Prize winner Safia Elhillo; Cornell University professor and novelist Mukoma Wa Ngugi; 2016 Gerald Kraak Award and 2017 Nommo Award shortlistee Dilman Dila; 2017 Brunel Prize shortlistees Saddiq Dzukogi and Rasaq Malik; Oberlin College professor Bernard Matambo whose nonfiction made our Best Pieces of 2016 list; and Iowa Workshop alumna Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti whose striking prose-poem we’ve published.

Other contributors are: Adefolami Ademola, D.M. Aderibigbe, Akin Adesokan, Adil Babikir, TJ Dema, Novisi Dzitrie, Stacy Hardy, Tsitsi Jaji, Yejide Kilanko, N.S. Koenings, Sada Malumfashi, Tee Ngugi, Iheoma Nwachukwu, Diana Nyakyi, Olufunke Ogundimu, Salawu Oladjide, Stephen Derwent Partington, Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin, A. Samwel, Unathi Slasha, Makambo Tshionyi, Obi Calvin Umeozor, Lynnda Wardle, and Athol Williams.

Founded in 1968, New Orleans Review, a publication of the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans, is partly funded by the Kendall Michelle Daigle Memorial Endowment for English.

Work published in the journal has been reprinted in several award anthologies: the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize, Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories From the South, Utne Reader, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily.

Congratulations to New Orleans Review for pulling this off.

Buy the issue in New Orleans Review.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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