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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 is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October, 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he 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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