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New interview by Uche Peter Umez

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Our new interview features a conversation between Uche Peter Umez and Uche Nduka, two Nigerian writers with a lot to offer to world literature. Uche Peter Umez writes poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and stories for children. An Alumnus of the International Writing Program (USA), Uche has participated in residencies in Ghana, India, Switzerland and…

Isaac Attah Ogezi Reviews ‘On Broken Wings: An Anthology of Best Contemporary Nigerian Poetry’

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Check out a new review by Isaac Attah Ogezi. He has reviewed a new anthology of poetry by contemporary Nigerian poets. Isaac Attah Ogezi is a legal practitioner, poet, playwright, short story writer and literary essayist. He is published in Drumvoices Revue, USA (2006), Prosopisia, Vol. 1, No. 1, India (2008), www.fictionontheweb.com, www.authorme.com, www.africanwriter.com and several…

New Short Story by Tendai Machingaidze (Zimbabwe)

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“I am a tomb”, begins the new short story by Tendai Machingaidze, ‘The Neurological Map of a Madwoman’, a story that puts the reader into a dream state. What more can you ask for, especially from a writer who also uses language with a magical skill? Tendai Machingaidze was born in 1982 in Harare, Zimbabwe.…

Ronald Adamolekun Reviews ‘Foreign Gods, Inc.’ by Okey Ndibe

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In his review of Okey Ndibe’s ‘Foreign Gods, Inc.’ (2014), Ronald Adamolekun writes, “There has been much fuss in the media regarding the credibility of Okey Ndibe’s prose style. His debut novel, ‘Arrows of Rain,’ shares a close title with Chinua Achebe’s 1964 novel, ‘Arrow of God.’ His deployment of the nuances in the ethical…

New Poetry from Peter Muzira (Zimbabwe/Canada)

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As we prepare for the expansion of the Shona section, we present five poems by  Peter Muzira. These poems are excerpted from his upcoming collection, Maungira Mudenhere. Muzira is a craftsman whose works preserves and energizes the Shona language. The poetry taps into the wisdom and culture of the Karanga people in the Chivi area,…

Arabella Grayson Reviews “146: A Collection of Love Stories”

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One million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade, every year. The Facts About Child Sex Tourism: 2005 (U.S. State Department)   146: A Collection of Love Stories is dedicated to the little girl who wore number 146 pinned to her red dress. What little is known about her story is told at the…

New Poems by David Iribarne, USA

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David Iribarne earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from CSUS.  He currently resides  in Sacramento.  He has had poems published in  Poetry Now, Tule Review, Sussurus, Catchword, Medusa’s Kitchen, Primal Urge, WTF?!, Monterey Poetry Review, Convergence, Coalesce Magazine  and  has  had work in a The Creating Freedom exhibit on Domestic Violence at California Museum.   He also…

Zimbabwean Writers’ Trouble in Paradise, by Beaven Tapureta

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Zimbabwean artists, particularly writers, have been skeptical of wills and this has led to the mismanagement or utter neglect of their artistic estates when they pass on. While families of deceased artists may largely carry the blame for not raising a brow, artists need also to take responsibility of their creative works as these constitute…

Stories on Stage Sacramento

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Natalie Baszile holds an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. An early version of Queen Sugar won the Hurston Wright College Writer’s Award and was a co-runner-up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley Novel-in-Progress competition. Excerpts were…

Fungai Machirori Interviews Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

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The 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop is currently taking place in Zimbabwe. Ahead of the event, Fungai Machirori conducted a few interviews with Zimbabwean writers and publishers, as well as Caine Prize Director, Lizzy Attree. Fungai’s article of what was discussed can be found here. “Realising how much great content would go to waste from what was left…