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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 Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. 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 cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he just 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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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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