Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

Konya Shamsrumi’s new columnist-bloggers: Tinashe Tafirenyika, Harriet Anena, Andrea Grieder, Maryam Gatawa, and Siraj A. Sabuke.

The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit Award-winning Zimbabwean poet and finalist for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction; Harriet Anena, the Ugandan winner of the 2018 Wole Soyinka Poetry Prize; Andrea Grieder, the Swiss organiser of Rwanda’s Transpoesis; Maryam Gatawa, the noted Kano-based Nigerian poet and promoter; and the Nigerian poet Siraj A. Sabuke.

In the press release to Brittle Paper, Konya Shamsrumi member Rasaq Malik Gbolahan stated that “the new columnists-bloggers will add more colour to [Konya Shamsrumi’s] website.” Currently, the website—www.shamsrumi.com.ng—features a weekly #FiveQuestions series with emerging and established poets on the continent, and also hosts the #BlackPoets segment which features the work and a short bio of a notable African or Africa-descended poet each week.

“Our vision is to make Konya Shamsrumi the hotspot of African poetry and this is a step in that direction,” said KSR member Umar Sidi. “I welcome friends Maryam, Harriet, Andrea, Siraj and Tinashe to Konya Shamsrumi and thank them for believing in us. We hope to add more columnist-bloggers in the coming weeks as well as even more features on the website in the run-up to the publication of Funmi and Rasaq’s poetry chapbooks.”

Founded as an “Africa-centric, traditional-style publishing outfit,” the Nigeria-based Konya Shamsrumi has gained attention for its recent release of its two debut collections: Umar Sidi’s The Poet of Dust and Richard Ali’s The Anguish and Vigilance of Things. The press will be releasing two chapbooks by Funmi Gaji and Rasaq Malik Gbolahan “before the end of the year.”

Visit Konya Shamsrumi.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

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.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

South African Writers Call Out African Flavour Books for Non-payment and Non-communication, Petition Sunday Times to Drop Founder Fortiscue Helepi as Alan Paton Award Judge

african flavour books and SA authors 6

In October 2018, African Flavour Books, the popular South African bookstore founded in 2015 by Fortiscue Helepi, which stocked only […]

Win Copies of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf in Narrative Landscape Press’ Ongoing Competition

marlon james - Black leopard, red wolf

Narrative Landscape Press, the Nigerian publishers of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf, recently announced a competition which will see successful […]

Rania Mamoun’s Short Story Collection, Thirteen Months of Sunrise, Forthcoming from Comma Press, Is a Complex, Moving Illumination of Contemporary Sudan

rania mamoun (2)

Manchester-based independent publisher Comma Press will be releasing the Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun’s short story collection Thirteen Months of Sunrise. […]

2031 | Y’I Oche | Fiction

Highway 1200 x 630

  “It’s becoming too dangerous,” Laila said with a pardonable expression of fear. For a minute she sat stone silent, […]

Enter for the 2019 AFREADA x Africa Writes Competition, with a Writing Prompt from Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

afreada-obioma graph

With the 2019 Africa Writes Festival coming in July, AFREADA magazine has announced its third annual contest in partnership with […]

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Nthikeng Mohlele, Imraan Coovadia Lead Diverse Longlist for Sunday Times’ Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

cynthia jele, nthikeng mohlele

Sunday Times newspaper has announced the longlists for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Founded in […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.