Dike Okoro Reviews ‘Light and After’ by Kobus Moolman

Light and After, by Kobus Moolman Deep South Publishers (Grahamstown: 2010) ISBN: 978-0-9584915-7-0 Kobus Moolman’s Light and After is his fifth collection of poetry. Lyrically evocative and engaging, this collection reintroduces readers familiar with Moolman’s poetry to his confident lines, unique images, memorable language, and impressive narrative voice.  In this collection Moolman uses a mixture … Continue reading Dike Okoro Reviews ‘Light and After’ by Kobus Moolman

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende Reviews “African Roar 2011”

This resplendent collection of short stories by African writers does indeed roar. The breadth and depth of topic, style, perspective and powerful story telling found within the pages of this treasure trove is enough to make you emit a roar of your own: in appreciation, in agony, in mirth, and in sheer exuberance. The story … Continue reading Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende Reviews “African Roar 2011”

New Zim Short Fiction Anthologies to be Launched in September

The two publishing houses that habe kept Zimbabwean fiction publishing afloat during the country's hardest time, amaBooks of Bulawayo and Weaver Press of Zimbabwe are going to launch their new fiction anthologies in the next week. On September 19, Weaver Press is launching Writing Free, which features fifteen writers. This anthology is quite promising, given … Continue reading New Zim Short Fiction Anthologies to be Launched in September

Interview with Na’ima B. Robert, author of ‘Far from Home’, an Novel about Zimbabwe

In this interview, I chat with Na'ima B. Robert, author of the new novel 'Far from Home', which I just finished reading. It is a novel about growing up, family, Zimbabwean colonial and post colonial history which chronicles the pains of land dispossession and loss of home.Some of the central issues of the novels are … Continue reading Interview with Na’ima B. Robert, author of ‘Far from Home’, an Novel about Zimbabwe

Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka, for Stories on Stage Sacramento

Beatrice Lamwaka Beatrice Lamwaka was recently shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing. She was born in Gulu in northern Uganda, and now lives in Kampala, Uganda, where she works as a journalist and is currently studying Human Rights at Makarere University. She is working on a story collection called The Garden of … Continue reading Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka, for Stories on Stage Sacramento

Sacramento’s Stories on Stage Features Flash Fiction

Stories on Stage, which operates from mid-town Sacramento, continues to grow. Running every last Friday of the month, the series has featured writers from across the US and is preparing to feature African writers in June. The idea is brilliant: the stories are read by professional actors, and the events are well-attended. On Friday, May … Continue reading Sacramento’s Stories on Stage Features Flash Fiction

Zimbabwean Writer on 2011 US Foreign Press Center Media Tour

Zimbabwean writer, journalist, blogger, and gender activist, Delta Milayo Ndou will be touring Washington DC and Minneapolis in June as one of 20 journalists who have been identified by the Washington Foreign Press Center as emerging Global New Media Leaders. She is one of 4 African journalists - and the other African countries represented are … Continue reading Zimbabwean Writer on 2011 US Foreign Press Center Media Tour

New Novel focuses on the Zimbabwe Land Issue

I have started reading Na'ima B. Robert's Far from Home, which focuses on two types land reforms or seisures in Zimbabwe. From the moment I heard about this book, I liked its premise and have been looking forward to reading. I have begun, and so I far I am drawned to the background, cultural details … Continue reading New Novel focuses on the Zimbabwe Land Issue

African Literature and the Internet

I participated in a discussion of African writing and the internet. Below is an excerpt, as well as a link to One Ghana One Voice (OGOV) for the rest of the discussion. Prince Mensah: Considering the present shape of African writing, what visible steps are being taken to use the Internet as a medium of … Continue reading African Literature and the Internet

A Reader and Writer: Miriam Shumba (Zimbabwean Novelist)

Miriam Shumba is the author of two novels, Show Me the Sun and That Which Has Horns, both published in the USA by Genesis Press. She has had several short stories and articles published in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States. She earned her teaching degree at Rhodes University in South Africa and continued … Continue reading A Reader and Writer: Miriam Shumba (Zimbabwean Novelist)

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. … Continue reading 2010 in review

Interview: Mirirai Moyo, Award-winning Zimbabwean Writer

Mirirai Moyo, a promising emerging writer from Zimbabwe, is one of the winners of the 2010 Golden Baobab Award, which features African stories for children anywhere. Moyo is not new to awards. In 1996, she was the Harare Region Winner for the Randalls National Essay Competition. Her short stories have featured in The Sunday Mail, … Continue reading Interview: Mirirai Moyo, Award-winning Zimbabwean Writer

Stories on Stage Calling on African Writers

Sacramento-based Stories on Stage will feature stories by African writers on June 24, 2011 at the Sacramento Poetry Center. Valerie Fioravanti, founder and coordinator of the reading series, has asked me to recommend African writers who are interested in submitting their stories for this special feature. I think it is a great opportunity to create … Continue reading Stories on Stage Calling on African Writers

Interview: Bryony Rheam Calls on Zimbabwean Authors to Move Away from “Overtly Political” Subjects

I recently finished reading Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun and the author agreed to answer a few interview questions. At the end of this very enlightening interview on her craft and influences, Bryony calls on suggests that writers expand their creative horizons and embrace genres that move beyond the "overtly political". Below is the … Continue reading Interview: Bryony Rheam Calls on Zimbabwean Authors to Move Away from “Overtly Political” Subjects

The Eso Won Bookstore Reading and “African Roar” Launch

They came to support, they some bought books, and they engaged us in dialogue. Part of the audience at Eso Won Bookstore Reading and "African Roar" Launch, Los Angeles. Copies of African Roar in a special display for the event. This is going to be a long post, full of pictures and reflections. I will … Continue reading The Eso Won Bookstore Reading and “African Roar” Launch