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Ainehi Edoro, editor of Brittle Paper and Assistant Professor of Global Anglophone Literatures at Marquette University, USA. Photo credit: Kumolu Studios.

Brittle Paper founder and editor Ainehi Edoro, Assistant Professor of Global Anglophone Literatures at Marquette University, USA, has joined The Bare Life Review‘s Editorial Advisory Board, where she will provide literary and publishing advice for the new magazine. “Inspired, largely, by the wave of xenophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, and anti-intellectualism exemplified in parochial nationalist political movements across the globe,” The Bare Life Review is a literary biannual devoted entirely to work by immigrant and refugee authors.

Alongside Ainehi on the board are: American novelist Paul Harding, whose debut Tinkers (2009) won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2010 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize; Indian-American creative writing professor Akhil Sharma, whose Family Life won the 2015 Folio Prize and 2016 International Dublin Literary Award, and whose An Obedient Father won the 2001 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award; Jordan Bass, who is an editor at McSweeneys magazine; and Naomi Jackson, whose The Star Side of Bird Hill received nominations for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and an NAACP Image Award.

Also on the board is the American writer, editor and publisher Dave Eggers, author of the best-selling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, whose work has received nominations for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Eggers, who is the founder of McSweeneys, frequently collaborates with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: he blurbed Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, has taught at her Farafina Workshop, and, most recently, wrote her profile for T: The New York Times Style Magazine‘s “The Greats” issue.

The Bare Life Review was founded this year by three writers: editor-in-chief Nyuol Lueth Tong, who edited There Is a Country  (McSweeney’s, 2013), the first ever anthology of fiction from his native country of South Sudan; the magazine’s publisher David Wystan Owen, Associate Editor of The Threepenny Review and author of the forthcoming collection Other People’s Love Affairs: Stories of Glass; and the magazine’s Development Director Ellen Namakaokealoha Kamoe. Zimbabwean Africa39 author Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, whose debut short story collection Shadows (2013) was awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize, also joined the magazine as one of their fiction editors.

Find out more about The Bare Life Review HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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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 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. 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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