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Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

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In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first of its kind to focus only on poetry from across the continent, the project—edited by the Nigerian poets Ebenezer Agu, D. E. Benson, Gbenga Adeoba, and Chisom Okafor, and the visual artist Osinachi—pushed institutional boundaries […]

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Poetry Press Konya Shamsrumi Announces SAI Sabouke as Managing Editor

PRESS RELEASE: Abuja, Nigeria: The poet SAI Sabouke has been appointed Managing Editor of Konya Shamsrumi, effective immediately. This decision was arrived at after extensive consultations within the Konya Shamsrumi collective following the departure of pioneer Managing Editor, Kechi Nomu, months ago. Prior to now, the collective has been managed in the interim by Richard Ali. […]

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#LIPFest2019 | A Life in Words: Bernardine Evaristo in Conversation with Otosirieze Obi-Young 

From 30 October to 3 November 2019, over 50 writers from 10 countries will be participating in the fifth Lagos International Poetry Festival, #LIPFest2019. Among the events to be held is a conversation between the 2019 Booker Prize winner Bernadine Evaristo and Brittle Paper‘s deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young. The conversation will take place on Saturday, […]

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Chika Unigwe’s New Story Collection on Nigerian Migrants Out from Cassava Republic

Award-winning writer Chika Unigwe has a new book out from Cassava Republic Press. Titled Better Never than Late, the book is one of a trio of short story collections released under the Cassava Republic Press series Cassava Shorts. The other books that make up this trio include Toni Kan’s Night of a Creaking Bed (2019) […]

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#LIPFest2019 | Register for Workshops with Bernardine Evaristo, Kaveh Akbar, Itiola Jones, & Logan February

Registration is currently open for workshops with Bernadine Evaristo, Kaveh Akbar, Itiola Jones, and Logan February at the fifth Lagos International Poetry Festival, #LIPFest19. All workshops are limited to 25 participants. Here are the details of each workshop: “Poetry Workshop with Itiola Jones” Itiola Jones (I.S. Jones) is a queer American/Nigerian poet and music journalist. […]

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#LIPFest2019: Guests & Festival Program

From 30 October to 3 November 2019, Lagos will play host to a wide array of poets, performers, and industry-related professionals at the fifth Lagos International Poetry Festival, #LIPFest2019. Themed “A Wild Beautiful Thing,” the festival will include performances, panels, book launches, readings, exhibitions, film screenings, and workshops. Among the star-studded guests for #LIPFest2019 are: […]

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Mukoma wa Ngugi Shares Tizita Playlist in Anticipation of Forthcoming Novel with Cassava Republic Press

Mukoma wa Ngugi will be publishing a new novel with Cassava Republic Press. Titled We Unbury Our Dead with Song, the novel centers on four competing Tizita musicians and is set in Kenya and Ethiopia. In a tweet announcing the news, Mukoma describes the book as his “love letter to African creativity and imaginations,” and […]

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The 20 Writers Shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships

PRESS RELEASE: Morland Writing Scholarships: 2019 Shortlist The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Morland Writing Scholarships. We received nearly 700 entries this year, over 150 more than last year, with the standard going up alongside the numbers. It’s always a difficult task choosing the shortlist, but this year […]

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The 4 Winners of the 2019 Miles Morland Scholarship

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The 2019 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship has been awarded to four writers. Two Kenyans: Gloria Mwaniga Odari and Parselelo […]

Alain Mabanckou’s New Book, a Collection of his Lectures Delivered at the Collège de France, to be Published January 2020

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Congolese author Alain Mabanckou, possibly the most prominent name in Francophone African literature and renowned for his experimental writing, has […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing The 5 Shortlists

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We are excited to announce The 5 Shortlists for the 2019 Brittle Paper Awards. Launched in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the […]

“Read Salone, Build Salone”: The First Sierra Leone National Book Fair | 5-7 Dec.

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Between December 5 to December 7, Freetown, Sierra Leone, will play host to the Sierra Leone National Book Fair—the first […]

Is There a Quota of 5 Books by African Authors for Every “Best 100 Books of 2019” List?

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As yet another year draws to a close, literary lists of various sorts are once again filling our newsfeeds. During […]

Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans has recently been longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Described on the Aspen Prize’s […]

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