New magazine alert! Imbiza Journal: A Journal for African Writing is based in South Africa. The journal is “an inclusive publishing platform for creative writing, criticism, academic writing and intellectual engagement for African thinkers, cultural workers and activists.” Imbiza is published biannually in print and electronic formats.
Founded by South African author Siphiwo Mahala, the journal was formally introduced to the African literary community in December 2020. On April 23 2021, they launched their inaugural issue, coinciding with World Book Day. The virtual event was well attended, and the edition met with goodwill messages from such figures as two-time Booker Prize winning author J.M Coetzee, Zakes Mda and Lauren Beukes.
The inaugural issue, which featured contributions in multiple African languages, had among its contributors established names as Zukiswa Wanner, Lucas Ledwaba, Simamkele Dlakavu, Moses Seletisha, Thandeka Maseko, Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, and Outlwile Tsipane, among others.
They recently announced the launch of their second issue. The new issue is focused on Women’s voices. Guest edited by Barbara Boswell, the issue promises an encounter with the voices of celebrated African women writers like Aminatta Forna, Flow Wellington, Keletso Mopai, Gloria Bosman, Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, Nolo Phiri, Thuso Mbedu, Tsitsi Dangaremgba, Pumla Dineo Gqola, who is on the cover; Simamkele Dlakavu, Shubnum Khan, Zulaikha Patel and many more.
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