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JK Anowe.

The Nigerian poet JK Anowe, Chapbook Series Editor at Praxis Magazine, won the inaugural Brittle Paper Award for Poetry in 2017, for his poem “Credo to Leave.” Published in Expound, “Credo to Leave” exemplifies the Self-centric exploration of mental illness that JK Anowe is known for.

A week ago, he was shortlisted for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize, for his poem “Playlist of the Least Lovable.” In a congratulatory tweet, the American poetry press Madhouse Press, who secured publication rights to his chapbook, announced that it will arrive this spring. Titled Sky Raining Fists, the anticipated chapbook is the follow-up to his debut, the ikemefuna tributaries, released by Praxis Magazine in 2016.

Congratulations to JK Anowe!

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. 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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