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South African writer Megan Ross, recipient of the inaugural Brittle Paper Award for Fiction for her powerfully lyrical short story “Farang,” has a debut collection of poetry called Milk Fever. The collection is published by Cape Town-based publishers, Uhlanga Press. The beautiful cover collage is by Taiwan-based artist Leora Joy.

Here is a description of Milk Fever:

An extraordinary debut, Megan Ross writes the uneasy truths about unexpected motherhood and all its emotional detritus. In deftly and experimentally navigating the angst, joy and self-reckoning that comes with the choices and misadventures of young womanhood, this is a collection that brings together the evocative with the provocative, and the feminist with the personal, in a bold and startling poetic style.

Hallucinatory, image-wet, and navigating the eternal tides of spirit and body, Milk Fever is a chimeric dreamscape in which a woman reconfigures, remembers and rebirths herself.

Against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and the general turn towards feminism as a way of grappling with questions of what it means to be a woman in today’s world, this kind of work is no doubt significant. In her 2018 Stockholm speech, Chimamanda Adichie called for storytelling as one way to navigate the complexities of a women’s experiences today. The poems in Ross’ collection are doing just that. They are creating powerful points of connection between the personal and the political, the angst-ridden and the joyful, and, thus providing clarity in a time when everything seems so topsy-turvy.

Before winning the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction, Megan Ross’s story “Farang” was a runner-up for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize and the 2017 National Arts Festival Short Sharp Stories Award.

Ross has already begun a book tour for Milk Fever:

In Cape Town, on 14 May, she did a launch at Book Lounge.

On 18 May, she did a reading at Zeitz MOCAA with poet Francine Simon, which approached the work of Kenyan artist, Wangechi Mutu through their respective works.

On 19 May, she was in conversation with Irish poet Joseph Woods at Franschoek Literary Festival, an event themed “Women Writing as an Act of Resistance.”

Congratulations to Megan Ross.

 

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HOW TO GET YOUR COPY OF MILK FEVER (R180.00):

1) IN SOUTH AFRICA:
– Exclusive Books
– Bargain Books
– Independent book stores (Book Lounge Kalk Bay Books Love Books etc)

If the book is NOT in stock, please ORDER it with these details:
Milk Fever by Megan Ross, published by uHlanga in 2018. Very important is the ISBN number: 978-0-620-79227-1

You can also obviously order via Amazon, too.

2) OUTSIDE OF SOUTH AFRICA:

– Amazon.com: It’s print-on-demand so even if there is no stock, you can still order the book and it will arrive.
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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.

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