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A Nasty Boy Founder Richard Akuson Announces Vincent Desmond as New Editor & Publisher | Exclusive & Interview

The emergence of A Nasty Boy, the fashion magazine founded by the Nigerian journalist and lawyer Richard Akuson in February 2017, ushered in a conversation on the dynamics of gender and nonconformity. With its textured, soulful images, often of men being vulnerable and in poses that demystified norms of masculinity, it was also a new […]

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The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern‘s Issue 53. The Nigerian writer, whose debut book, the story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (2017), won the Kirkus Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction […]

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#PoetryTalk | Poetry is the Excavation of Hidden Things | Interview with Titilope Sonuga

  Nigerian-Canadian poet, writer, and performer, Titilope Sonuga is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss her long-awaited poetry collection, This is How we Disappear, Chibok girls, womanhood, female victimization, and poetic form.  ***  Titilope Sonuga Titilope Sonuga is an award-winning poet, writer and performer who calls both Edmonton, Canada and Lagos, […]

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#PoetryTalk | Every Poem is Mystical and Every Poet a Mystic | Interview with Umar Abubakar Sidi

Umar Sidi is a helicopter pilot with the Nigerian Navy. He is the author of Striking the Strings, the poetry chapbook The Poet of Sand (Saraba) and the poetry collection The Poet of Dust (Konya Shams Rumi). His work has appeared in Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, and elsewhere. In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter […]

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A Place is Illuminated in and by Absence | Emmanuel Iduma & Kọlá Túbọ̀sún in Conversation

Emmanuel Iduma is the author of two books, Farad/A Sound of Things to Come (2012) and A Stranger’s Pose (2018). He is also the co-founder of Saraba Magazine, and a teacher at the MFA Art Writing Program, School of Visual Arts, New York City. I caught up with him over several weeks to discuss his […]

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#PoetryTalk | Different Poems Travel Different Routes | Interview with Toyin Adewale-Gabriel

Toyin Adewale-Gabriel is a Nigerian poet, short story writer, literary critic and activist. She was cofounder and coordinator for several years of the Association of Women Writers of Nigeria. Her works include: Naked Testimonies (1995), Die Aromaforscherin (1998), Flackernde Kerzen (1999), and 16 Short Stories by Nigerian Women Writers (2005), and Bitter Chocolate (2010). She […]

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#PoetryTalk | A Poem Is an Attempt to Find the Essence of Things: Interview with Richard Ali

  Nigerian writer, Lawyer and publisher Richard Ali is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss his debut poetry collection, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things, and love, identity, places, extremism, Arabic poetry and literary collectives and collaborations across Africa.     *** Uche Congrats on your debut poetry collection! For […]

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#PoetryTalk | Being a Poet Involves Crying Out About Injustice: Interview with Unoma Azuah

Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In 2011 she was listed as one of the top professors at small private colleges in the United States in the online publication, Affordable/Private Colleges and Universities in the United States. A prolific author, Azuah has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Connecticut […]

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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

What We Are Reading This Week | A Feminist Guide to Living and Thinking Sensuously

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. […]

Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

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Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and […]

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