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feral-ballad · a month ago
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Safia Elhillo, from Home Is Not a Country; “Boys”
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oberlincollegelibraries · a year ago
Weekend Edition: Short Stories, Part 2
Here are more collections of short stories for you to enjoy when you finish your exams. See Here for You to learn how to check out materials from wherever you are. 
And, of course, OCL wishes you the best of luck on your finals. You’ve got this!
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In the Small Hours of the Night: An Anthology of Sudanese Short Stories including works by Aan Merdéka Permana, Absurditas Malka, Dadan Wahyudin, Déni A. Fajar, Déni A. Héndarsyah, Érwin Wahyudi, Fitria Puji Lestari, Héna Sumarni, Lugiena Dé, Mamat Sasmita, Mulyana Surya Atmaja, Nina Rahayu Nadéa, Usép Romli H.M., and Yus R. Ismail ; translated and with an introduction by C.W. Watson
In the Small Hours of the Night, a collection of 24 Sundanese short stories, is the first collection of its kind ever to be translated into English. The stories deal with a variety of subjects, ranging from everyday-politics where corruption is rife to stories of village life and the trials faced by villagers forced to confront the waves of modernization. There are also stories which deal with the significant historical events of the last seventy years and finally--as one might expect, since the Sundanese are known for the frankness with which they describe sexual attraction--there are also stories of love.
The Nose and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol
The tales collected in The Nose and Other Stories are among the greatest achievements of world literature. They showcase Nikolai Gogol's vivid, haunting imagination: an encounter with evil in a darkened church, a downtrodden clerk who dreams only of a new overcoat, a nose that falls off a face and reappears around town on its own.
Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text 
This book presents Chinese short-short stories in English and Chinese, integrating language learning with cultural studies for intermediate to advanced learners of Mandarin Chinese and students of contemporary Chinese literature. Each chapter begins with a critical introduction, followed by two or more stories in parallel Chinese and English texts; each story is followed by a vocabulary list, discussion questions, and a biography of the author. The chapters are organized around central concepts in Chinese culture such as li (ritual), ren (benevolence), mianzi (face/prestige), being filial, and the dynamics of yin and yang, as well as the themes of governance, identity, love, marriage, and change. The stories selected are short-shorts by important contemporary writers ranging from the most literary to everyday voices. Specifically designed for use in upper-level Chinese language courses, Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text offers students a window onto China today and pathways to its traditions and past as they gain language competence and critical cultural skills.
Other Moons: Vietnamese Short Stories of the American War and Its Aftermath In this anthology, Vietnamese writers describe their experience of what they call the American War and its lasting legacy through the lens of their own vital artistic visions. A North Vietnamese soldier forms a bond with an abandoned puppy. Cousins find their lives upended by the revelation that their fathers fought on opposite sides of the war. Two lonely veterans in Hanoi meet years after the war has ended through a newspaper dating service. A psychic assists the search for the body of a long-vanished soldier. The father of a girl suffering from dioxin poisoning struggles with corrupt local officials. The twenty short stories collected in Other Moons range from the intensely personal to narratives that deal with larger questions of remembrance, trauma, and healing. By a diverse set of authors, including many veterans, they span styles from social realism to tales of the fantastic. Yet whether describing the effects of Agent Orange exposure or telling ghost stories, all speak to the unresolved legacy of a conflict that still haunts Vietnam. Among the most widely anthologized and popular pieces of short fiction about the war in Vietnam, these works appear here for the first time in English. Other Moons offers Anglophone audiences an unparalleled opportunity to experience how the Vietnamese think and write about the conflict that consumed their country from 1954 to 1975—a perspective still largely missing from American narratives.
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“Despite the welcome news of [...] additional [Temporary Protected Status] designations, many Venezuelan nationals, Burmese nationals, and stateless people who last resided in Venezuela or Burma are currently in removal proceedings. This practice pointer addresses common questions that arise for practitioners representing TPS-eligible individuals who are in removal proceedings or facing potential removal proceedings, hold dual nationality, or wish to seek asylum.” - Temporary Protected Status: Navigating Removal Proceedings, Dual Nationality, and Asylum. CLINIC. 24 March 2021.
“Our challenge is to continue to think ahead and to aim for real and lasting change even in such times of crisis. During the past year, alongside our emergency programs and appeals to the Israeli authorities for urgent assistance to asylum seekers, we insisted on pursuing long-term solutions. We understood, for example, that despite all the difficulties, this year was a good time to focus on pushing for the opening of Centers for the Prevention of Domestic Violence for asylum seekers and their families. We also saw an opportunity to raise awareness to the situation of asylum seekers’ children: for the first time they were talked about, in the Knesset and elsewhere, not as a separate group but alongside other at-risk children in Israel who have been excluded from online learning.” - 2020 Annual Activity Report. Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel (ASSAF). March 2021.
“[This article] shows that the risks of migration within the Horn of Africa are often well known, thanks to strong migrant networks and improved mobile communications. Indeed, migrants may be better informed of the risks of the journey than they are about their prospects of securing a good living upon arrival. However, rather than discouraging people’s migration, high risk may open up new possibilities. [...] These findings challenge common assumptions about risk and decision-making, and suggests that some migrants may move because of, rather than in spite of, the risks involved. It also calls into question initiatives that seek to deter migration by raising awareness about the risks of the journey.” Extreme Risk Makes the Journey Feasible: Decision-Making amongst Migrants in the Horn of Africa. Oliver Bakewell and Caitlin Sturridge. Social Inclusion. 2021.
“The Commission has since then deployed a rapid investigation mission to Aksum from February 27 to March 5, 2021. Previous attempts by [the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission] to access the city were impeded by the security situation and related issues. The rapid investigation mission spoke to survivors, 45 families of victims, eyewitnesses and religious leaders in the city. It also conducted a focus group discussion with over 20 residents of the city and spoke with local Kebele officials as well as medical personnel of Saint Mary and Aksum Referral Hospitals. The mission also obtained material evidence including video, audio and photographs, from families of victims and relevant authorities.” - Investigation into Grave Human Rights Violations in Aksum City: Report on Preliminary Findings. Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. March 2021.
“This paper assesses the Danish Frederiksen-government´s legislative proposal to externalize asylum processing and refugee obligations from Danish territory. A challenge with this task is the absence of much information in the proposal. Several crucial questions remain unanswerable, including: Where the extra-territorial facilities are to be located; who has responsibility for them; which authorities Denmark will collaborate with; which standards the asylum processing will be exported to; the domestic or geopolitical context of the host country; how the hosts will treat minorities, and many more.” - Danish Desires to Export Asylum Responsibility to Camps Outside Europe: AMIS Seminar Report. Martin Lemberg-Pedersen, Ahlam Chemlali, Zachary Whyte and Nikolas Feith Tan. Centre for Advanced Migration Studies. 19 March 2021. 
“Leaving South Sudan, however, is not enough to guarantee their safety and also poses a range of other challenges to the [Human Rights Defenders (HRDs)]. Even when HRDs cross a border, they can still be – and have been – targeted. Testimonies from South Sudanese refugee HRDs collected in this report paint a picture of persistent cross-border harassment and the targeting of dissenting voices by the South Sudanese government, primarily by the National Security Service (NSS) intelligence agency, which is directly controlled by the Office the President of South Sudan.” - No Refuge: South Sudan’s Targeting of Refugee HRDs Outside the Country. Frontline Defenders. March 2021.
“The Tigray war has created a humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray regional state. Thousands have been killed and about a third of Tigray’s 6 million population (of which more than 150,000 of them have fled to neighbouring Sudan) have been displaced since the brutal conflict started early last November when the Prime Minister ordered a military offensive after the TPLF attacked a federal army base in the southern region. An estimated 3.8 million of Tigray’s roughly six million population now requires emergency food aid, and hundreds of thousands are reportedly facing starvation due to government refusal to let humanitarian organisations access the region during the initial stages of the war.” - The Political and Humanitarian Repercussions of Ethiopia’s Tigray War. Abdinor Hassan Dahir. TRT World Research Centre. 2021.
“This report, which is undertaken pursuant to the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) 2019-2022 Strategy and Workplan, seeks to enhance the evidence base on planned relocation cases undertaken within countries. It provides: (1) a global dataset of 308 cases of planned relocation identified from English language peer-reviewed scholarly articles and grey literature; and (2) an analysis of characteristics across 34 of the identified cases. These two related outputs serve as a foundation for future efforts to augment knowledge and data on planned relocation, and to promote approaches to policy and practice that mitigate risk and protect people from harm.” - Leaving Place, Restoring Home: Enhancing the evidence base on planned relocation cases in the context of hazards, disasters and climate change. Erica Bower and Sanjula Weerasinghe. Platform on Disaster Displacement and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. March 2021.
“In 2017, things began taking an even more terrible turn for Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim peoples in the region. Since that time, an estimated one million or more people have been arbitrarily detained in ‘transformation-through-education’ or ‘vocational training’ centres in Xinjiang, where they have been subjected to various forms of torture and ill-treatment, including political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation. This mass detention campaign combined with systematic repression have prevented Uyghur parents from returning to China to take care of their children themselves and made it nearly impossible for their children to leave China to reunite with them abroad.” - Hearts and Lives Broken: The Nightmare of Uyghur Families Separated by Repression. Amnesty International. 2021.
“Over the past seven years, hundreds of Syrian men, women and children who sought safety in Lebanon have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and subjected to torture or other ill-treatment, as well as a wide range of violations of the right to fair trial. Arbitrary detentions of Syrian refugees on suspicion of terrorism-related crimes continue, even though the alleged crimes relate to events that took place more than six years ago.” - “I wished I would die”: Syrian refugees arbitrarily detained on terrorism-related charges and tortured in Lebanon. Amnesty International. 2021.
“[T]he level of violence experienced by women and girls who take part in demonstrations in Mexico and the escalating violence against them by the authorities create a particularly dangerous environment for feminist demonstrators and those protesting against gender-based violence who do not belong to feminist collectives or women’s groups, in which they are at risk of various human rights violations.” - Mexico: The (R)age of Women: Stigma and Violence Against Women who Protest. Amnesty International. 2021.
“In the first five months of FY2021, encounters (apprehensions or expulsions) of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) at the US-Mexico border with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are approaching a level close to that for all of FY2020.” - Increasing numbers of unaccompanied alien children at the southwest border. Congressional Research Service. 25 March 2021.
“The United States has long guaranteed the right to seek asylum to individuals who arrive at our southern border and ask for protection. But since 20 March 2020, that fundamental right has been largely suspended. Since that date, both migrants seeking a better life in the United States and those seeking to apply for asylum have been turned away and ‘expelled’ back to Mexico or their home countries. These border expulsions are carried out under a little-known provision of US health law, section 265 of Title 42, which the former Trump administration invoked to achieve its long-desired goal of shutting the border.” A Guide to Title 42 Expulsions at the Border. American Immigration Council. 29 March 2021.
“Protected entry procedures are visa pathways that authorise asylum seekers to safely cross international borders for the purpose of accessing protection under international refugee or human rights law. The ‘primary focus’ of these procedures is to provide a safe and orderly means of crossing international borders.” - Research brief: Protected entry procedures. Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. March 2021.
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feral-ballad · a month ago
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sthayil · 2 years ago
2019 Reading Goal Outcomes
Goal: 52 Books in 2019, no romances, no rereads
Result: 61
Summary: This was a year of fantasy, with the Throne of Glass series as hands-down the best one. I almost entirely read fiction, so will try for more non-fiction in 2020. 
1. Reader, I Married Him - Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre, by Tracy Chevalier.
Short stories again, dipping my feet in the water of getting the reading habit up and going again. I read this entire book over the course of various subway rides.
2. Ahead of the Curve, by Joseph H. Ellis.
A business investing textbook that Ryan wanted me to read. Pretty interesting, nice explanation of the fundamentals, but limited applicability as it only pertains to certain cyclical industries.
3. Anya’s War, by Andrea Alban Gosline.
A lovely young adult story set in 1940s Shanghai in the Jewish community there, all the refugees fleeing Europe. Didn’t know about all the Jews who lived in China. They later left for the US.
4. The Silver Swan, by Elena Delbanco.
Father and daughter famous cellists, story about love, loss, legacy, and genius.
5. Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers.
A very Christian novel, based on the Biblical story of Hosea. It was quite a moving story, but now I want to read some of her secular novels, just to see the difference. It was one of the books on my Kindle, recommended to me by Nicole.
6. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie.
Two adolescent boys sent to rural China for re-education during the Cultural Revolution. Translated from the French.
7. Tarnsman of Gor, by John Norman.
A sci-fi novel about a planet like Earth on the other side of the sun. The first in the series. Found this in our Edinburgh Airbnb.
8. Dear Mr. You, by Mary-Louise Parker.
A collection of letters to all the men in her life. I liked most the ones to the uncle of her adopted Ethiopian daughter, and then one at the very end to the oyster picker who picked her father’s last meal.
9. Lady of the Snakes, by Rachel Pastan.
A look at life as a female academic, trying to find the balance between her career and her family. I wonder if I ever feel as passionately about something as the protagonist, who is dedicated to a single famous author in Slavic literature, and his wife who is secretly the real author. The whole book made me remember the feminist comic about the mental load in a family.
10. Trespassing Across America, by Ken Ilgunas.
One man’s journey through the middle of America as he followed the path of the Keystone XL pipeline, and his reflections on the environment, our role, travels, midwestern folk, and long walks. Very gentle reading, and I definitely was surprised by some of the research that he has done about the history of the Great Plains. I didn’t realize what a drain on the US economy the farmers are, and that they are basically welfare farmers.
11. Bakhita, by Veronique Olmi.
The sorrowful story of one of the modern saints, a Sudanese slave who came to Italy. The story of her life, with the backdrop of colonization, slavery, and the world wars.
12. Plenty, by Alisa Smith and J. B. Mackinnon.
The two authors decide to maintain a 100-mile diet for a year. Interspersed with recipes every chapter, and alternates between their voices. A delicious and thoughtful journey, that made me want to leap into the kitchen and start canning and pickling.
13. Assassin’s Blade, by Sarah J. Maas.
Collection of short stories leading up to the first Throne of Glass novel.
14. Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
15. Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas
16. Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas
17. Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas
18. Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas
19. Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas
20. Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J. Maas. This was one of the best high fantasy series I have read in a long time. Epic battles, intrigue, loss, love, courage, everything. I kept rereading my favourite sections for the rest of the year.
21. Haiku Love, The British Museum, by Alan Cummings.
Beautifully illustrated by mostly woodblock prints, I took photos of my favorites, from mainly the new love section.
22. My Last Love Story, by Falguni Kothari.
A cancer love story revolving around a love triangle in a Gujarati diaspora community.
23. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Haven’t read anything by Lahiri since Interpreter of Maladies, so I’m glad to jump into more short stories. Fantastic, as expected.
24. The Grift, by Debra Ginsberg.
Fortune telling and human weakness.
25. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
26. A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas
27. A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas.
I liked the Throne of Glass series better, but this was still good. There is one more novelette but it is supposed to be a bridge to a new spinoff series, and I would rather just wait for everything to be out and binge read them all at once. So I will stop here with this series.
28. Radiance, by Grace Draven.
29. Night Tide, by Grace Draven
30. Eidolon, by Grace Draven
31. In the Darkest Midnight, by Grace Draven.
Another epic fantasy, but in the end Draven is a bit heavier on the romance.
32. Master of Crows, by Grace Draven.
Series unfinished and hard to get a hold of.
33. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara.
A devastating novel about friendship and trauma and New York City. Unforgettable. I read Veasna’s copy which has been making the rounds in our circle of friends and leaving us all ashes in its wake.
34. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
35. Fire, by Kristin Cashore
36. Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore
Another young adult fantasy series, again a pretty good one. This seems to be the theme of this year.
37. Look Who’s Back, by Timur Vermes.
A satire on the media focused world we live in, through the eyes of Hitler who woke up in the modern world.
38. Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
39. China Rich Girlfriend, by Kevin Kwan.
Both are fun and fluffy reads. I can see why they became so popular.
40. Before She Sleeps, by Bina Shah.
Dystopian, Handmaids Tale, with a South Asian setting and characters.
41. When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank, by Giles Milton
Lovely collection of historical anecdotes.
42. Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles.
The American civil war was so bloody. I think Americans would have a better understanding of war if they fought wars on their own lands again.
43. The Hundredth Queen, by Emily R. King
44. The Fire Queen, by Emily R. King
45. The Rogue Queen, by Emily R. King
46. The Warrior Queen, by Emily R. King.
The premise was such a good one, and it was fun to be able to read fantasy in a South Asian setting, but the writing was flat and the characters annoyingly indecisive. They all seem to stumble from predicament to predicament, reacting endlessly but never able to do anything properly. By the second book I just wanted the story to end.
47. The Place of Shining Light, by Nazneen Sheikh.
A moving thriller about trying to smuggle an ancient Buddha statue from Afghanistan into Pakistan, and the stories of the people along the way of the journey.
48. Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers
49. Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers
50. Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers.
A fun trilogy set in historical times, with three different female protagonists who are also trained as assassins by a convent. Found it through a list of books recommended as similar to the Throne of Glass series, but it was different enough to still be enjoyable and not compared in my mind while I was reading.
51. Queen Song, by Victoria Aveyard
52. Steel Scars, by Victoria Aveyard
53. Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
54. Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard
55. King’s Cage, by Victoria Aveyard
56. War Storm, by Victoria Aveyard.
Again, this is a series I found because of my suffering from Throne of Glass withdrawal. The story is interesting enough, and decent attention to detail and logic with a lot of the action/battles. The protagonist did start to get on my nerves as annoyingly helpless and indecisive, but then the author started changing the points of view in the last couple of books, and some of the other characters found the protagonist as annoying as I did, so that was refreshing to read and gave me the stamina to finish the series. There are a few more novellas but I’m not interested/invested enough to find them. I’ll stop here.
57. Pick-up, by Charles Willeford.
Good old fashioned American crime novel from the 60s with a few unexpected twists.
58. Notes on a Banana, by David Leite. Memoir on food, love, and manic depression. The highs/manic parts sound blindingly productive. Glad for him that he sequestered himself during the whole AIDS thing. Wish there were some recipes, I might go look at his blog.
59. The Young Elites, by Marie Lu
60. The Rose Society, by Marie Lu
61. The Midnight Star, by Marie Lu.
A refreshing series with a true anti-heroine. You despise her so much almost throughout the series.
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voidingintotheshout · 3 years ago
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Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
Genre: Post-Colonial / ‘Serious’ Literature (Sudan, 1966)
Grade: B+
 A Post-Colonial book like this one is trying to process how life can continue once the colonizers have left physically, but not psychologically.
 What a novel! The best way that I can describe it is to say that it is an Arabic or Sudanese response to European colonial oppression, but in a sexual and fun way. Do you remember Indiana Jones and all of those Victorian adventure novels where a European or American goes to the ‘deepest heart of Africa/the jungle’ to get something? Well, this book is the opposite of those old adventure stories. This is the story of two people from the innocent and wholesome village societies of Sudan slowly being poisoned and corrupted by the influence of the west.
 Both of the men (Mustafa & the narrator) in this story went to Europe for their schooling but only Mustafa was aware of his status as the ‘other’ so early on in his trip to Europe. He was aware that the same otherizing view that caused some Europeans to look at his accent and dark skin as menacing or strange, would also seen tempting and exotic to a certain type of female and draw them to him. Mustafa decided to play up on their views and liberally quote from Arab poets and decorate his place with masks and ostrich feathers even though he liked to read the same European writers as they did. Still, why did he murder that woman? Why did he go to a village in Sudan he’d never been to before? What happened that night on the Nile River during the flood? Why was the narrator so obsessed with finding out the truth about Mustafa?
 I first found out about this book from the YouTube review show Better Than Food Book Reviews. I got the book for my local library and I am proud of myself for reading such a difficult book because this is the kind of book I would normally intend to read but never actually follow through and read. I found the story very interesting but it is a challenging book. It’s dreamlike, inasmuch as you float in and out of the narrative throughout the book in a very peaceful way. It’s almost like how people always say that life flashes before your eyes before you die. I found it really cool to be able to read a book from Sudan written in Arabic (translated expertly) that subverts the pious and oppressive/domineering western view of practicing Muslims. If you want a short (139 pages) but complex read from a culture we don’t often hear firsthand accounts from, I urge you to check out this book.
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abdoelrhazi · 4 years ago
Ten Female Contemporary African Poets
Poetry is considered as one of the most universal and important vehicles of human expression as it encapsulates various human experiences in an understandable and well-documented manner.
Africa is rich in literature and poetry, and here’s a list of contemporary African poets that you should know:
Warsan Shire
Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer who is based in London. She is popularly known for her poetry being adapted into Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album. Her work explores the topics of gender, war, sex, and cultural assumptions. Her body of work includes Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, released in 2011, Her Blue Body and Our Men Do Not Belong to Us, both released in 2015.
She is passionate about character-driven poetry that tells the stories of people, especially immigrants and refugees who are often portrayed as victims or martyrs, without their human experience being captured. In 2014, she was named the first Young Poet Laureate for London and chosen as poet-in-residence for Queensland, Australia.
Nayyirah Waheed
Nayyirah Waheed is a U.S.-based poet best known for her poetry books titled “Salt” and Nejma”. She fell in love with poetry at the age of 11 when she was given a poetry project by her teacher to be featured in a community newspaper. Her inspiration for poetry comes from her self-honesty and the desire for people who read her work to be positively affected by it.
Liyou Libsekal
Liyou Libsekal is an Ethiopian poet who spent a number of years in the U.S before returning home to Addis Ababa. Her chapbook, “Bearing Heavy Things”, is part of the 2015 African Poetry Book Fund’s New Generation African Poets series. Her poetry explores the themes of identity, displacement and the reality of growing up away from home.
Lebo Mashile
Lebo Mashile is a South African poet who was born in U.S. and returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid in the 1990s. She is well-known for her works “In a Ribbon of Rhythm” released in 2005 and “Flying Above the Sky”, which was released in 2008. She is also an actress and producer, having performed in a number of theatre productions, being featured in the 2004 film with Don Cheadle “Hotel Rwanda” and co-producing and hosting the documentary programme L’Attitude, which aired on the South African channel SABC 1.
Mashile regards poetry and its expressive power as the most effective tool to bring about discussion and changes in mental attitude about social issues, especially issues experienced in the socio-political realm of post-apartheid South Africa.
Koleka Putuma
Koleka Putuma is a Cape Town-based performance poet who facilitates and hosts writing and dialogue workshops at schools, community projects and interfaith programs in the Cape Town area. Her poem titled “Water” earned her PEN SA Student Writing Prize. She co-founded a theatre company for up-and-coming female artists in 2014 called Velvet Spine and is a member of the theatre group The PaperCut Collective.
Ijeoma Umebinyuo
Nigerian poet Ijeoma Umebinyuo is making waves with her debut collection of prose poems and poems titled “Questions for Ada”. The book explores themes of femininity, self-love and self-acceptance. She also explores the theme of Africans living in the diaspora and how everyday life is experienced. Critics have described her work as a bible for women.
Ketty Nivyabandi
Ketty Nivyabandi is a poet and writer from Bujumbura, Burundi who is popularly known for her significant role in political activism when the country’s president Pierre Nkurunziza sparked unrest by illegally bidding for a third term in office. She led women-only protests and demonstrations in the capital of Bujumbura, some of which were brutally suppressed, and she led a protest in the city center during the May 13th attempted coup by Major General Godefroid Niyombare. After the attempted coup, authorities targeted protestors, forcing Nivyabandi to flee to neighbouring Rwanda for safety.
Her poetry is written mostly in French, and has appeared in several anthologies. She represented Burundi in 2012 in the London Poetry Parnassus as part of the Summer Olympics. Her poetry explores social themes such as the horror of war and femininity.
Harriet Anena
Harriet Anena is a Ugandan poet, author and journalist. As a poet, Harriet wrote her first piece in 2003 titled “The plight of the Acholi child”, which won a writing competition that helped secure her a bursary for A-Level education. She has been published in the Caine Prize anthology was shortlisted in 2013 for the “Ghana Poetry prize” for her poem “We arise”. Her debut collection of poetry is titled “A Nation in Labour” which explores the reality of living through war and under the weight of political mistakes.
Safia Elhillo
Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese poet who grew up in Washington D.C. She’s an NYU graduate and is a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has appeared in several journals and anthologies including “The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop,” and her work has been translated into Arabic, Japanese, Estonian, and Greek.
She was a founding member of Slam NYU, the 2012 and 2013 national collegiate championship team, and was a three-time member and former coach of the DC Youth Slam Poetry team. She is currently a teaching artist with Split This Rock.
Yrsa Daley-Ward
Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet who was born o a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, and raised in the small town of Chorley in northern England. She published her debut book “Bone” in 2014, and is loved for her honest take on depression, self-reliance and femininity. Her first collection of stories were in the publication called “On Snakes And Other Stories”.
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