Brittle Paper is an online literary magazine for readers of African Literature. We are Africa’s premier online literary brand inspiring readers to explore and celebrate African literary experiences in all its diversity.
To cultivate a fun and informative platform for readers who love literature from Africa. We inspire, entertain, and empower readers through an optimistic, diverse, and immersive experience of literature.
We feature news about books and daily happenings in the African literary scene.
We publish fiction, poetry, book reviews, and essays.
We bring African literature to captive audiences in digital spaces.
We publicly document the contemporary African literary scene.
“A progressive platform for new African literature.” – Lithub
“[Brittle Paper] has become widely read across the continent and a premier incubator for African queer, feminist, and socially marginalized writers.”– LA Review of Books
“A carefully curated online space that not only focuses on highbrow literature, but also actively promotes genre literature.” – Guardian Nigeria
“An essential source of news about new work by writers of color outside of the United States.” – Publisher’s Weekly
AINEHI EDORO, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Brittle Paper, is Assistant Professor of Global Black Literatures at the University of Winscosin-Madison’s Department of English and Department of African Cultural Studies. She was formerly Assistant Professor of Global Anglophone Literatures at Marquette University. She has a B.A. from Morgan State University, an M.A. from Kansas University, and a Ph.D. from Duke University. Her research interests include 21st century fiction, literature in digital/social media, The Global Anglophone Novel, African Literature, Contemporary British Fiction, Novel Theory, Political Philosophy, and Digital Humanities.
Ainehi has presented lectures about her work at Yale, Northwestern, The Art Institute of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, Norway. Her academic writing has appeared in The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Enquiry. Her essays on the African and global literary and cultural scenes have appeared in The Guardian, OkayAfrica, Chimurenga Chronic, Africa Is a Country, Ventures Africa, and Norway’s Dagsavisen newspaper and Stemmer Magasin, among others. She is currently working on a book, Forest Imaginaries: How African Novels Think.
Ainehi is an editor at the University of Ohio’s Modern African Series. She sits on the advisory boards of The Bare Life Review and The Village Square magazines.
In 2016, Ainehi was included in New African magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential Africans,” with Nigeria’s The Guardian reporting her to be among the “Five Most Influential Nigerian Women of 2016.” In 2018, she was included in OkayAfrica’s “100 Women” list.
JACQULYN TEOH, Social Media Coordinator, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work has appeared in Modern Fiction Studies and The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. A fun fact about her is that she shares the same birthday as Chinua Achebe. When she’s not agonizing over the works of Joseph Conrad for her dissertation, she forwards cat videos found on Instagram to friends.
CHUKWUEBUKA IBEH, Staff Writer at Brittle Paper, presently studies History and International Relations at the Federal University, Otuoke, Nigeria. His work has appeared in McSweeneys, The Charles River Journal, Clarion Review, and elsewhere. He attended the 2018 Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, facilitated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. His short stories have been shortlisted for the 2017 Awele Creative Trust Award and the 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize.
In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as one of the “Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction,” in a feature introduced by Adichie. He was formerly Fiction Editor at Dwartonline and regularly contributes to New England Review of Books. He lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
ANGELINE PETERSON is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research explores the desert literary landscape as a life force constantly ordering and re-ordering layers of the universe in African stories set in the Sahara. She enjoys reading a variety of speculative fiction in her free time and dreams of running a marathon with Haruki Murakami.