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S tarted in 2010, we are noted by Publisher’s Weekly as a Go-To Book Blog and are part of The Guardian Books Network. Our objective is to help build a vibrant African literary scene. We seek out innovative approaches to book reviews and literary commentaries. We offer a thorough coverage of the African literary scene. We monitor how African authors interact with each other and with readers. We pay attention to literary spats, literary celebrity lifestyle, news about the publishing industry, the book market, and festivals. We look out for ways in which African literature intersects with local and global cultural currents. We are also committed to reinventing African literary classics for a younger, taste-driven audience. Most of all, by publishing original stories and poetry, we provide opportunity for new and aspiring writers to share their work with a lively audience. In line with this, we are collaborating with OkadaBooks on a new imprint.

Every year, since 2015, we recognize an African Literary Person of the Year. In 2017, we launched The Brittle Paper Awards, to recognize the best literary writing by Africans published anywhere online, in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays & think pieces, and Anniversary, for writing on our site.

Fifty years ago, we said that the reader of African fiction wanted to be saved from colonial mentality. Today, African readers simply want stories that entertain and inspire them.

Brittle Paper is a response to this new mandate.

OUR TEAM

Ainehi Edoro. Photo credit: Victor Adewale.

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 GuardianOkayAfricaChimurenga ChronicAfrica 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.

Born in 1982, she grew up in Benin City, Nigeria.

 

 

Jacqulyn Teoh.

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.

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.

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