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Translation of Susan Kiguli’s poems from Animal Portraits

One of the exciting things about creative collaboration is seeing old works in new print, form, version and language. In May, I’ll be taking part in the Spring 2014 Global Digital Humanities conference at Shantou University in China, and will conduct a poetry workshop and also participate in the… Read more

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“Achebe, no father of African literature — Soyinka” [Vanguard]

So I’ve been working on a piece that I thought was going to be a simple blog article highlighting my own refusal to join voices that suggest African Literature can be categorized into two head branches: Achebe versus Soyinka. This is not only wrong but downright shallow, a reductive element that… Read more

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Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals: Yvonne Vera

Yvonne Vera. She had presence. And doesn’t she look like Tracy Chapman? My first time to read Yvonne Vera, about 14 years ago, I wished I had written most of her novels and short stories. One particular story that stood out was, Why Don’t You Carve other Animals. Lately I’ve been… Read more

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Niyi Osundare and Earth poems

Besides Jack Mapanje, we had Niyi Osundare, whom we loved because of his allegory, his closeness to Earth, how so attached he was to land. He reminded us of simple pleasures based on things you can touch and feel: the harvest of yams, peeling, cooking, pounding, and savoring the yam. We liked… Read more

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The Girl Who Can…

I’d forgotten how beautiful this story is by Ama Ata Aidoo. Told simply and boldly. I remember reading Ama’s other story: She Who Would Be King—another great one–and admiring her vision for women’s top leadership positions. That was before any country in post-colonial Africa had a female… Read more

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The word is “self curate or die”

The title, “Self curate or die,” is a quote from the main character in Dana Spiotta’s novel: Stone Arabia. A wonderful book that I’ll feature in detail some time. Just happy to meditate on that particular quote which my prof. and pal, Arthur Flowers, has embraced on his webpage. I’m so… Read more

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Two Songs: Song of Prisoner & Song of Malaya

Celebrating Okot p’Bitek and the poets of the 60’s

Okot p’Bitek might be the most remembered and known Ugandan poet, born June 7, 1931 – July 20, 1982. His most popular books: Song of Lawino (1969), Song of Ocol (1970), and Two Songs: Song of a Prisoner, Song of Malaya (1971) enjoyed a cherished position for years on Uganda’s syllabus for high… Read more

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In the spirit of sharing

A review in today’s Monitor For my readers in Ug the book is available at Aristoc Booklex. All my… Read more

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Mat Johnson’s PYM: A Historical and Satirical Fantasy

I was attracted to a novel with three letters: PYM. Picked randomly in the mystery section. Since I was in search of mystery works, I thought it would do. One other thing I did remember to consider was reading the first sentence: “Always thought if I didn’t get tenure I would shoot myself or… Read more

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Jeanette Winterson

Exploring Jeanette Winterson’s writing

Reading Jeanette is like embarking on a poetic body-heart-mind journey trusting that there will be a destination. Even if none surfaces, there’s so much pleasure in the reading process because of her style that defies form and traditional plot lines. Quantum physics is thrown in,  and there’s… Read more

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