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For When We Remember the Dead | By Farida Adamu | Poetry

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my father’s cows used to be there, and here, in this ranch now cold and desolate. its walls mourn in silence, missing the buzzing bodies that kept it warm. my father’s cows used to be here, splattered in white, eyes staring deeply into the void within souls; sometimes, you wonder why they stare ignoring the […]

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The Box of Memories | By Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo | Fiction

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  “And you watch movies made from these books…and in this one, a man literally unwraps a woman like a candy. She turns and turns and twirls until the removing is done.” February, 2017 You set your phone to sleep after thirty seconds of inactivity, and with a touch of the power button, a collection […]

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Trump Eyes | By Tendisai Cromwell | Fiction

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“Trump was president now and we were two Blacks and one Muslim in the back of a white man’s pickup truck who took down his Confederate flag just to trick us.” In the summer of whatever year in wherever-the-hell, my dad and I sat in the back of a white man’s pickup truck. My dad […]

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Beloved | By Tomi A. | Fiction

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“He was running through the fields like the breath of God, screaming and hollering and raising his hands to the sky.” On the twenty-fifth day of July, sometime around two a.m., in my dreamscapes, I came across a little boy on a grass field. I remember that field well; it was where I learned that […]

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Ala | By Precious Arinze | Poetry

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the truth of your history is learned by mouth: the Kano killings, the Asaba massacre, ethnic cleansing, books will pass off as a civil war all the hurried graves, the many unreturned, callous erasure of branches of family trees. what you know about where you come from is fading to the background of history’s amnesia […]

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The Things I Keep Remembering | By Adedayo Adeyemi Agarau | Poetry

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is that, we burn the world, from here, with our smell of smoke, like incenses cutting corners to find a room in the clouds. we make songs a little more than a collection of notes. sometimes, it is how we say a prayer for my brother & my mother & the names of the boys […]

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A Dark Corner | By Chris Tilewa | Fiction

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“In one of these corners, an easel leaning against the wall catches light, displaying a monochromatic sketch on a white square sheet. Ola leans in towards the illuminated easel, about to witness the rarest event of his entire life.” THE drapes billow at the window, letting in a gush of wind; quietly at first, and […]

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Weeping | By A. E. Nelson | Fiction

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“Neli and I opened another bottle of wine, and tried to make up a story for our new friends. Neli thought they were both divorced. I thought the man’s wife was dead.” I was in the checkout line at the pharmacy. There were two women in front of me. They were talking. The older woman […]

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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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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]

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The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]