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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.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. He is currently nominated for the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature. 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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