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Read Kwame Dawes’ 13-Point Twitter “Memo to Poets”

In the space of one month and one week, from February 6 to March 13, Emmy Award-winner and Prairie Schooner editor Kwame Dawes dished out thirteen writing tips for poets on twitter. The tweets, which we covered in our monthly literary digest for February, are essentially the do’s and don’t’s of writing poetry, and to […]

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Dear Genevieve | Twelve Steps to Becoming a Writer (pt. 10) | by Pa Ikhide

These are really interesting times we live in. As a voracious reader who writes occasionally, I am often asked by young writers for advice or successful tips on writing. I used to find this hilarious given that I have never ever bothered to publish a book and it is my desire to die without having […]

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Dear Genevieve | African Literature Needs Innovation and Funding (pt. 7) | by Pa Ikhide

Listen to me rant. Just listen. One wonders: What is being taught in Nigerian universities in the name of contemporary literature these days? One gets the unfortunate impression that many of the professors have only read Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Chimamanda Adichie. The greatest tragedy of modern literature is that those who are invested […]

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s 3 Best Practices for the Aspiring Writer

There isn’t one magical key to becoming a writer, neither is there one life-changing habit that guarantees success in literary pursuits. Sarah Ladipo Manyika says as much in a recent piece titled “What Virginia Woolf Forgot To Say.” The author of Like a Mule Bringing Ice cream to the Sun attributes success in writing to surprisingly mundane […]

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Dear Genevieve | Words are Powerful, Speak the Truth, Even if Your Voice Shakes (pt. 6) | by Pa Ikhide

  Here in my part of America, the leaves are falling, the heart stirs and I am restless. There are all these things on my mind, and I am itching to share them. The world we live in is on edge it seems, from Africa to Europe to the Americas, it seems like everywhere one […]

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Dear Genevieve | Of Reading, Writing, Purpose and All That Jazz (pt. 5) | by Pa Ikhide

Hey you, wake up! What are you reading? I have this essay in my head, it is written, in my head, when I birth it, will you take a look at it? What is it about? I don’t know, to be honest. But there are all these thoughts in my head. I am thinking of […]

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Dear Genevieve | The Writer Should Be Paid for Content on the Internet (pt. 4) | by Pa Ikhide

What are you up to? Are the kids back from school? I am thinking of what you said the other day, about how you believe writers should be paid and paid well. I have always said that writers should be paid. It is a craft, a worthy vocation and those writers who give away the […]

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Dear Genevieve, Find Your Space (pt. 3) | by Pa Ikhide

How are you? How are the kids? They are running you ragged, I bet. I was young once and scared, like you. I had great, young, rambunctious kids like you do. They say that there is no working manual for being a parent. It is a wondrous thing, parenting, but once you get over the […]

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