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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 a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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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