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For My Mother in Her Mid-90s | by Ama Ata Aidoo | A Poem

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We know you all love Ama Ata Aidoo’s plays and fiction. But do you know that she is a poet? She published two collections of poems in the ’80s and ’90s. Still, fans and readers seem to only celebrate her work as a playwright and a fiction writer. That is why we are excited that University […]

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Taking Tally at 46 For Family and Friends | by Mukoma wa Ngugi | A Poem

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Kenyan writer Mukoma wa Ngugi was one year older on February 27. The 46 years old author, who recently published a collection of poems, marked his birthday by sharing a poem on Facebook titled “Taking Tally at 46 and Friends.” In the poem, he celebrates his community of friends and family, in addition to his fruitful […]

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A Duet of the Going and the Gone | by Moyosore Orimoloye | African Poetry

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Kaka said a small pine tree sprouted from the interment of her father. The tree broke through the thin concrete atop the front-door grave, life from death. Kaka said at night, when the small generator coughs to a stop, she hears the whistling of the pine, the way it pierces the newborn silence, reminding her […]

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Iseyin I and II | by Olanrewaju Tajudeen | Poetry | Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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“…beauty exudes from the lips of your hills. Bare earth is a living brown: trees, seeds, shrubs & greenery on your dusty chest.” ***   Iseyin I I You’re the tale of contrasting colours; your sky is blue and your fields green, whites are of cows and cassava flakes. II I can hear song birds […]

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New Anthology Marks Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary | Read Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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A group of writers are celebrating Nigeria’s independence day in the best way possible. They’ve put together an anthology titled Enter Naija: The Book of Places. It is a powerful literary project that reflects on the idea of Nigeria in terms of space and place. The collection of stories, poetry, non-fiction pieces, and photography focus on a specific […]

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C: the Origin of the Third Letter | by Yuan Changming | African Poetry

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a Phoenician throw-stick held high in his right hand the Egyptian basket lying far beyond his reach what was, what is the Chinese peasant trying to do in his story?   ********** Post image via African Digital Art About the Author: Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks, is the most widely […]

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Mozartian Poetry?

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HENRI COLE: What would Mozartian poetry be? SEAMUS HEANEY: It would have all of the usual life in it. But it would have great formal acceleration. I recently read Christopher Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander” and got this terrific lift from it because of the way it was rejoicing in its own resources as an invention. It gave […]

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Accelerating With My Eyes Closed

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We move through life in chapters, as we learn to read them. Every lesson is not understood, Before we turn the page. As youth we move briskly through the book of life, Only skimming the text. Rushing to the next happenstance. Decreasingly illiterate, Nonetheless, remarkably unwise. Hastily making choices, Re-sculpting the pre-sent, before our eyes, […]

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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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As Sales Approach the Million Mark, Is Americanah Now Adichie’s Signature Novel?

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A few days ago, Adichie’s third novel Americanah won New York City’s “One Book, One New York” initiative, which is […]

On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love | Interview with Angela Ajayi, Winner of the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize

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Two weeks ago, we announced that Angela Ajayi was one of the twelve writers who won the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau […]

Read Kwame Dawes’ 13-Point Twitter “Memo to Poets”

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In the space of one month and one week, from February 6 to March 13, Emmy Award-winner and Prairie Schooner […]

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Transition magazine has released its hotly awaited Issue 122 and it’s a confrontation with US president Donald Trump. Titled White […]

“Writing Africa Now” | A Johns Hopkins University Literature Class Interviews Masande Ntshanga

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Dr. Jeanne-Marie Jackson is a literature Professor at Johns Hopkins. In one of her literature courses dedicated to contemporary African […]

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These are really interesting times we live in. As a voracious reader who writes occasionally, I am often asked by […]