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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 Wednesday, March 25, 2020. He was 98 years old. Mutwa, whose full name is Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, was a sangoma who dedicated his life and writings to the preservation of African cultural practices and mythology. […]

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Maaza Mengiste Receives $10,000 American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Literature

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Ethiopian-American author Maaza Mengiste is one of eight writers to receive the 2020 Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Each year, the Academy awards “literature prizes, totaling $350,000, to honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.” Mengiste was recognized alongside Viet Thanh […]

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Zambian-American Novelist Namwali Serpell Wins $165,000 as a Recipient of the 2020 Windham-Campbell Prize

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Zambian-American author Namwali Serpell is one of the eight authors awarded the 2020 Windham-Campbell Prizes. At $165,000 per winner, the prize is one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The 2020 prize is largely dominated by women. Seven out of the eight are women. Serpell was honored for fiction alongside Chinese-American author Yiyun; […]

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20.35 Africa Poetry Series Is Offering Personal Consultations with Cheswayo Mphanza to Help Raise Money to Register the Collective as an NGO

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As part of 20.35 Africa’s fundraising efforts to register the poetry collective as an NGO, they are organizing an online one-on-one consultation with award-winning poet Cheswayo Mphanza. The programme, which is scheduled to run from March 9 to March 31, is aimed at helping emerging poets to better understand their craft. It would address such […]

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African and Black Writers Featured in TIME’s 100 Women of the Year Project

TIME magazine designed the 100 Women of the Year project to retrospectively recognize influential women in their “Person of the Year” archive. This annual special issue was known as the “Man of the Year” issue until 1999, and until now only recognized 11 women. The magazine commissioned artists to design one hundred new covers celebrating […]

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Major British Production Company Acquires Film Rights for Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other

It’s been hard keeping up with Bernardine Evaristo ever since winning the Book Prize launched her into the global literary limelight. The latest addition to this heartwarming strings of achievements is the acquisition of the screen rights to Girl, Woman, Other by Potboiler Television. The British production company is run by BAFTA Award-winning producer Andrea […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Her Favorite Musicians, Cities, Food, & Biafra

In a recent interview with Tofarati Ige and Mobola Sadiq of Punch, Chimamanda Adichie discusses writing, the stereotypes attached to feminism, her favorite cities in the world, food, her favorite musicians, and more. *** On the question of African literature not been as sophisticated as their Western counterparts: “That is rubbish. What is the definition […]

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Apply for the Anaphora Writing Residency for Writers of Color | Visiting Writers Include Chris Abani, Kwame Dawes, Ladan Osman

The Anaphora Writing Residency is a Los Angeles-based program open exclusively to writers of color. This year, the stellar cast of instructors includes Nigerian writer Chris Abani, Ghanaian poet and academic Kwame Dawes, Somali-born artist Ladan Osman , and Ethiopian-Eritrean writer and visual artist Mahtem Shiferraw, among others. The ten-day residency will run from May […]

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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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