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Megan Ross.

South African publishing house uHlanga Press will be releasing poetry collections by two writers published by Brittle Paper: Megan Ross and Saaleha Idrees Bamjee.

Founded in 2014 by South African-British writer Nick Mulgrew, uHlanga Press had a remarkable 2017 when poetry collections they published made waves: Francine Simon’s Thungachi, Douglas Reid Skinner’s Liminal, and, most notably, Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia. uHlanga also published poetry anthologies collecting writing by local South African poets: Cutting Carrots the Wrong Way and Imbewu Yesini.

In 2017, we published a poem by Megan Ross, “Hauntings.” Ross’ short story, “Farang,” won the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize. She has further received the 2016 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award as well as nominations for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Writivism Prize. Milk Fever will be her debut collection of poetry.

In 2014, we published a nonfiction piece by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee, “An Act of Faith.” Bamjee has an MA in Creative Writing and won the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize. Her poetry has appeared in New Contrast, New Coin, Ons Klyntji, Aerodrome and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry anthologies, as well as in the special South African issue of Illuminations. She was the Writivism Emerging African Writers resident at Stellenbosch University in October 2016.

Both writers are joined, on uHlanga Press’ publication schedule, by P.R. Anderson—author of Litany Bird and Foundling’s Island and lecturer in English at the University of Cape Town—whose manuscript has already been hailed by J.M. Coetzee as “destined to be a landmark in South African poetry.” And Siphokazi Jonas, runner-up for the 2016 Sol Plaatje Poetry Award and lecturer in isiXhosa poetry at the University of Cape Town.

There are no specific dates yet for the releases.

Congratulations to Megan Ross and Saaleha Idrees Bamjee, and to P.R. Anderson and Siphokazi Jonas.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. 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.

One Response to “South Africa’s uHlanga Press to Release Poetry Collections by Two Brittle Paper-Published Writers” Subscribe

  1. Saaleha Idrees Bamjee 2018/03/03 at 05:08 #

    Hi there, thanks for the feature! However, I did not write Act of Faith, that was the other Saaleha Bhamjee.

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