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The Single Story Foundation Journal has released its Issue III. The magazine’s debut issue arrived in October 2017.

Founded by the Nigerian writer Murewa Olubela, the journal is a nonprofit that provides storytelling opportunities for Africans at home and in diaspora and publishes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essays. Its Executive Board includes Chris Abani, Taiye Selasi, Chika Unigwe, Okey Ndibe, and Murewa Olubela.

The Single Story Foundation Journal‘s editorial team comprises Tiah Marie Beautement as Managing Editor, Safia Elhillo as Poetry Editor, Megan Ross as Fiction Editor, and Tolu Daniel as Nonfiction Editor. The Issue III cover image is by Toni Kuyinu. The layout and design is by Murewa Olubela.

CONTENTS

  • The Things That Survive Death • Nonfiction • Sané Dube
  • Glitches • Fiction • Gothataone Moeng
  • Wonderlands • Poem • Chisom Okafor
  • Beneath this Skin • Fiction • Assumpta Vitcu
  • Scribbling • Fiction • Sophia Egbelo
  • Until I Come Home • Nonfiction • Margaret Odari
  • His Wounds • Poem • Thulani Rawula
  • Hot Girls in Cape Town • Nonfiction • SindiLeigh McBride
  • Every Day is for the Thief: On Meeting Teju Cole • Nonfiction • Tolu Daniel
  • Let Me Remove the Log in Your Eye • Poem • Abram Mahlaba
  • This Is How We Grieve • Nonfiction • Kearoma Mosata

In her Editor’s Letter, Tiah Beautement writes:

Why do we read written works that explore the infinitely difficult questions? Many have argued that it is toxic to read about death, change, or people existing in hard situations. It is trendy to yearn only for inspirational sound bites and uplifting, positive thinking clichés. Yet, I would argue, ignoring the bruises that life doles out only further isolates people from the full spectrum of the human experience. When life does knock us sideways, we are ill prepared to cope with the full spectrum of reality.

“I hear you,” the writers in this issue seem to be saying, both to their readers and to the people they encounter in their everyday lives. And as we read, we are also saying, “I hear you,” and “we are not alone,” because “this happened to me too”.

Read The Single Story Foundation Journal‘s Issue III on the TSSF website.

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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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