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
“Brittle Paper…introduced powerful African storytellers to the global stage in the past two decades.” – The New York Times
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. 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.
TAHZEEB AKRAM is the Submissions Editor at Brittle Paper. With a deep passion for the African literary scene and community, she has a MA degree in the research field of contemporary representations of queer African literature. In 2018, she presented at the Afems conference on Nigerian drag queens and Chris Abani’s Graceland.
She is from Cape Town and is also currently the head editor of Odd Magazine.
ALESIA ALEXANDER, Assistant Editor, is a is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work is interested in contemporary Black literature and the task of commemorating Trans-Atlantic slavery in literature and popular culture. Outside of research and work, Alesia enjoys watching cooking and baking Instagram/TikTok and preparing new dishes for friends and family.
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.