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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 Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor 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. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. 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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