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BRITTLE PAPER POET—“Fourth Stage” by Anefiok Akpan

Anefiok Akpan is one of those poets who write like they are blacksmiths. He forges fragments of images and strings them together into a poetic montage. That way, the poem is unified without losing the individuality of its many parts. When you read this poem, take it in bit by bit, line by line, image […]

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BRITTLE PAPER POET: “Prison Notes” by Anefiok Akpan

  The path of the eyesight narrows to a standstill, Crawling moonlights perched on the concrete floor— Memories poured through the lone empty night, Steadily, the mind crustily kneeled in the lying body. Time sat beside the cold wall, tired of wandering— Inside the yards, walled aspirations of stripped dreams Hung on the floating stares […]

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BRITTLE PAPER POET: “Tête-à-tête” by Anefiok Akpan

Here you are, gazing suspiciously at me! Or perhaps it’s the patches of words I wobbled upon on the eve of last year. What really brings us together now, Your desire to listen or mine to speak? Perhaps we could do both, if you come closer. So alone now—me and you! Distance, lost— Time, paused—only […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh


There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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