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Chris Abani: “As a writer I have fought with Achebe”

Achebe tributes are still pouring in. From time to time, I will post excerpts from those I find particularly interesting. Nigerian Author, Chris Abani (Graceland), writes this lovely reflection on Achebe and his writing. Abani also touches on what it means to be one of Achebe’s literary descendants. *scroll down for excerpt* “As a writer […]

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There’s Something Trippy About Heart of Darkness

Many things rattled Achebe about Heart of Darkness.  In his 1977 essay titled, “An Image of Africa,” he seemed astonished that Conrad could reduce Africa to mere prop or stage effects for the tragic story of one European life. For this, Achebe called Conrad a “bloody racist” and 10 years later—when the essay was reissued […]

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Achebe On How Victims of Slavery May Have Been Mourned

“[PBS Television] came to me and said, What would the village have done the day they discovered that the boy (Equiano) was missing? — Chinua Achebe In the late 90s, Achebe tried to imagine the African experience of loss and slavery. As part of a show, PBS asked him to reflect on how an African family or village might […]

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Andrew Oki’s Bonfires of the Gods: A Novel That Refuses to Forget

Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun is, perhaps, the most popular among a small body of Nigerian novels that try to think seriously about violent events that have taken place in the nation’s past. Adichie has said in interviews that the novel comes from her unease about the fact that an event as catastrophic […]

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“Things Fall Apart is Now More Famous Than I am!” — Achebe In Recent Interview With Iranian Journalist

You can now read Achebe’s Things Fall Apart in Persian. Achebe wrote the novel in the late 1950s to counteract the notion that Africa’s past was “one long night of savagery.” The novel has become a modern classic and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Perhaps, as an effort to endorse this new translation […]

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A Super Cheesy History of the Novel

Novels are like people in most aspects except their birthday. The first novel was born multiple times between 1719 and 1750. But like everyone else, the novel had a difficult childhood, followed by an uncertain teenage life. Every step of the way, however, the worse was averted and the novel successfully came of age.  As […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: Meet The 6 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

This Blood That Not Even the Mountains Can Hold: Megan Ross Rereads Sarah Godsell’s Liquid Bones

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“this country of blood” It is just under a year since Impepho Press published Sarah Godsell’s second poetry collection, Liquid […]

On Transatlantic Shame | I. S. Jones | Poetry

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nothing is earned unless something is lost. the ocean grants safe passage, but i fear the cost is too great. […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet The 4 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

Apply to Study for an MFA in Creative Writing at Texas State University

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The creative writing program at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas is currently accepting applications for a Master’s in Fine […]

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