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“New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano)”: See the 11 Covers

Africa Poetry Book Fund (APBF)—which administers the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, and the Glenna Luschei Prize—is set to publish its annual New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set, containing work by new voices from the continent. Begun in 2014, the limited-edition series, which is published by Akashic Books, “seeks […]

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On Reclaiming Memory | Interview with Kechi Nomu, 2017 Brunel Prize Finalist

Africa in Dialogue published an e-book of interviews with the ten poets shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel Poetry Prize. The interviews were conducted by the Website’s editor, Gaamangwe Joy Mogami, and were published in collaboration with Praxis Magazine. We are republishing a few of them. DOWNLOAD: Africa in Dialogue Interviews the Brunel Prize Shortlist Kechi Nomu was born in 1987. […]

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Body Parts | By Kechi Nomu | Poetry

In the ruins, I never account for the missing body parts. Never turn a body over. To do this is to count the dreams on a face.   I always speak about the forms of darkness I carry into these rooms. I want to tell you always why a carnage of blood is the measurement […]

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Brunel International Poetry Prize Unveils 2017 Shortlist of Ten

Ten poets have been named on the 2017 shortlist of Brunel University’s International African Poetry Prize. The announcement was made in a statement published on the official website of the prize. The £3,000 prize, co-sponsored by Commonwealth Writers, is in its fifth year and is “aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa.” […]

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Seven Letters to a Poet From Another Time | by Kechi Nomu | A Poem

I Art will not survive in a house like this… II A dictator sits on a terrace chair and considers the years; he lets the soothing Shabaz wash over him and the forgiveness of wine III A poet awakens from the third reverie and puts Cohen’s Tower of Songs on repeat IV And thinks of […]

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African Writing on Solitude | Saraba’s Latest Issue is Available for Download

The weekend is almost here and we know you’re looking for something to read. Saraba Magazine has a new collection of prose and poetry worth checking out. It’s fresh of the press, so feel free to relish in the thought you that are one of the first set of readers. Download the collection HERE. It’s free! […]

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Urban Mornings for People Who Have Nowhere to Go | by Kechi Nomu | A Poem

On a morning in June after it has rained all night, it is easier to hear everything: distant and repeated hammerings, birdsong,  a ticking clock with the insisting seconds, the urgency of lizards on a roof, the road. If you held the tilt of the glass in your hand, one third full like a fluid […]

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The Caine Prize Is Alright. Right?


Something is happening at the Caine Prize. Here at Brittle Paper, our role has been to support African literary institutions […]

Chike Frankie Edozien’s “Lives of Great Men” Is a Finalist for the 2018 Publishing Triangle Awards

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards, in the Randy Shilts Award […]

Freedom | Sobantu Mzwakali | Fiction


THERE IS NO need to see the sun in these intense blue skies.  It is foreboding, ominous and could be […]

From “Logarhythms” to “The Hate Artist”: Texts, Sub-texts, and the Art of Naming in Niran Okewole’s Poetry | Tosin Gbogi

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Logarhythms is Niran Okewole’s first poetry collection, and it is with this that he established himself as a poet to […]

Lesley Nneka Arimah and Zinzi Clemmons Are Finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and Zinzi Clemmons’ novel, […]

For Women’s History Month, Enkare Review Is Listing African Literary Women Who Have Inspired Them


For March 2018’s Women’s History Month, Enkare Review magazine is listing the 30 African literary women who have inspired them. […]

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