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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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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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