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20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry | New Project Pushes Institutional Boundaries in the Modern African Poetry Landscape

From prizes, publishing houses and festivals to magazines, journals, writers’ development initiatives, grants and blogs, the contemporary literary scene in Africa is, like those in Europe and in the Americas, reliant on institutions willing to push existing boundaries. While the institutions are doing important work, there aren’t many of them as there should be, and collective […]

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Yasmin Belkhyr, Romeo Oriogun, Liyou Libsekal, JK Anowe Featured in Forthcoming 20.35 Africa Anthology Guest-Edited by Gbenga Adesina and Safia Elhillo

In February, we announced a call for submissions for a new poetry project. The anthology, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, is the brainchild of a team of Nigerian poets and creatives: Ebenezer Agu; D. E. Benson; Gbenga Adeoba, finalist for the 2018 Brunel Prize; the visual artist Osinachi; and Chisom Okafor, finalist for the 2018 […]

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Knife-cuts Like Questions on My Left Wrist | Three Poems by D. E. Benson

Waking, Or Knife-cuts like Questions on my Left Wrist “I wake up and on the other side of the bed is a name that claims me. I cannot conjure what I was before that moment: rays slicing through the wood door are knife cuts like the questions on my left wrist. What is a man? […]

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Opportunity for Poets | Submit to “20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry,” Guest-Edited by Safia Elhillo and Gbenga Adesina

A new anthology aiming to curate the most remarkable voices on the poetry scene is here. 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry will be guest-edited by Sudan’s Safia Elhillo, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and author of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize-winning The January Children, and Nigeria’s Gbenga Adesina, […]

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Hugging You Will Always Be an Awkward Thing | D. E. Benson | Poetry

“hugging you will always be an awkward thing no, i have never feared receiving sacrament from the lips of other men once I had the holy water wash the seeds of sin down my oesophagus but you? the curl of your arms reaches like God’s they steep from earth to heaven into a shoulder hanging […]

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#CainePrize2017 | Review of Bushra al-Fadil’s “The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away” | By D. E. Benson

It is an annual Brittle Paper tradition to review the five stories shortlisted for the Caine Prize. Through this, we hope to open up conversations around the stories, to find out what is interesting or innovative about them. Following the announcement of the 2017 shortlist, we published our first and second reviews. We bring you our third […]

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Chika Unigwe Calls Out Seun Kuti for Ignorant Comments on African Women and Feminism

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The long struggle of Nigerian entertainers with gender expectations, and in particular what feminism actually is, is well documented. From […]

Cassava Republic Shortlisted for Small Press of the Year at the British Book Awards

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UK-based Nigerian publishing company Cassava Republic has been shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ inaugural Small Press of the Year […]

Someone Has to Tell These Stories | Interview with Poet Chibụìhè Achịmbá

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Chibụìhè Achịmbà is a queer poet, essayist and photographer from Nigeria. He is a 2018 Fellow of Ebedi International Writers […]

Chigozie Obioma Treats Madison to An Orchestra

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As part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, Chigozie Obioma was in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 6, 2019 to discuss his […]

What Really Is Political Correctness? The LGBTQI+ Struggle, Western Reactionaries, and the Sociohistorical Context Encouraging a Literary Magazine to Provoke | Kamau Muiga

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1. Every year thousands of students would pour into Nakuru Town’s Christ the King auditorium in all their cultural beauty […]

Sarah Waiswa’s Twitter Thread on African Women Photographers Is a Visual Fest

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Recently on Twitter, the Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa gave us a curation of stunning photos by African female photographers. […]

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