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L-R: Arinze Ifeakandu, Brittle Paper editor Ainehi Edoro, Unoma Azuah, and Itiola Jones.

Brittle Paper will be at the 2019 Lambda Literary Festival in Los Angeles, on Friday, September 27. We will be featured in an event focused both on our curatorial work in African literature and on the work of queer writers and the evolution of representations of queerness in Nigerian literature. Currently in its third year, the Lambda Literary Festival is an initiative of Lambda Literary, the leading LGBTQI+ organisation in literature. The 2019 festival, themed “All the Feelings: A Celebration of Queer Emotion,” will last for a week, from September 21 to September 28. All of its 40+ events, featuring 1,500+ writers and readers, are free and open to the public.

The Brittle Paper event, convened by the Lamda Award-nominated American journalist and former senior editor at Out magazine Anne-christine d’Adesky, will begin with d’Adesky interviewing our founder Ainehi Edoro, Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The second panel will see d’Adesky and Ainehi in conversation with the novelist and curator Unoma Azuah, author of Edible Bones and editor of Blessed Body: The Secret Lives of Nigerian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender; Arinze Ifeakandu, finalist for the Caine Prize 2017 and Editor-in-Chief of 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective; and Itiola Jones, Book Editor at Indolent Books, Editor at Voicemail Poems, and winner of the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry 2018. The second conversation will, in many ways, extend our 2017 anniversary conversation themed “Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth.”

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 6 P.M.

Venue: Plummer Park, West Hollwyood, Los Angeles, California, USA

We will bring you more updates on the panel. 

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. 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. 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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