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2013 might be the year of the short story

Fresh air: short story authors have garnered world attention this year, and made a mark in International Literature. January started with George Saunders’ “Tenth of December,” topping the list: “the best book you will read this year” a change from previous “best books” having been mostly… Read more

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To all the poets out there: Montreal International Poetry Prize 2013

The Montreal International Poetry Prize is happy to announce the launch of its 2013 competition. The prize amount is $20,000. The line limit is a maximum of 40. Early deadline is March 31, and late deadline is May 15, 2013. You may consider entering a poem or two in this year’s competition, or… Read more

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Poets Demand End of Genocide Against the Hazara people

An open letter from World-wide Poets addressed to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and President of the United States, Barack Obama. Dear Sirs, After more than a century of systematic crimes such as genocide, slavery,… Read more

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The Hobbit Read-a-Thon at Woodlawn.

Today I put on my community gloves and went for the Hobbit Read-a-Thon, a day-long, out-loud, nonstop reading of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, in Woodlawn, at the DISCO–The Desert Island Supply Co headquarters. I loved The Hobbit, which I read at a young stage, and was cast in a world of fantasy… Read more

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Cross-posting: Ugandan women’s rewarding pens

One of the rewards of being a night owl is getting to read the papers before the crack of dawn, and discovering familiar names in print. This journey we’re on, what a burden and joy at the same time! Often I wonder what goes on with other professionals. Do surgeons, for instance, ever get a… Read more

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Call for Poetry–African poets

Good news for African poets: The submission period for the Book Prize kicked off September 15 and will run until November 15, 2012. It costs nothing to enter! To read how to submit to the prize, click here ( or follow the guidelines… Read more

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Birmingham Postcard

I’ve made one week in this discerning city, and it’s been fantastic. Before I showed up I didn’t know it was called the discerning city. In fact, am not even sure everybody knows that’s what it is, but when Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) offered me a job teaching creative writing, I emailed… Read more

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Graduation April

I’ve been silent this April, trying to wrap up the semester nicely, my last in Syracuse. We’ve had an active weekend of graduation full of emotion. Unbelievable almost that the three-year program is over. Was only yesterday when we began. Now again time to pack the bags and explore new… Read more

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Loving the writing & poetry passion in Uganda

I greatly enjoyed meeting my friends, writers and poets during the Author of the month session at Femrite on Monday 19th December 2011.  It’s always exciting to find that a love for poetry does exist amidst other things going on, and the poets are utilizing time and whatever opportunities… Read more

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Author of the month

So happy to be home–Ug. Now that I have many places I call home I have to specify. And the place am at now–Femrite–is home to my writing. It’s where I did a lot of growing as a writer, so full of passion and hunger to write. Coming back feels so good; meeting new writers, young ones, and… Read more

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