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Based on an idea by Ali Mazrui, launched at the 2002 Zimbabwe International Book Fair. Includes titles in African languages (including Arabic), English, and French, published all over the continent. NOTE: links are to resources available at the African Studies Centre at the University of Leiden; search the Yale catalog to determine availability of the titles listed here.
Online Periodicals for African Literature (Open Access)
Originally online-only, made the move to print issues beginning with no. 9. Founded in 2011. Bakwa’s approach is high-end creative writing and creative nonfiction, which is urgent and experimental in nature, while being at the same time a mirror of writing from Cameroon and Africa.
A pan-African platform of writing, art, and politics founded by Ntone Edjabe in 2002, brings together voices from across Africa and the diaspora. Published in hard copy up to about 2017; fully online since. Published in Cape Town, South Africa.
An independent and Pan-African online literary magazine founded in 2019 by Mutaleni Nadimi and Rémy Ngamije. It publishes short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from Namibia, Africa, and the African diaspora. Published onilne three times a year; editorial staff is based in Windhoek, Namibia.
Online and print journal founded in 2019 that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and ideas. The website also provides video and audio recordings. Most of the editorial staff is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Published biannually online and in print since 2021. Includes new literary production from Africa and the Diaspora in the form of poetry, prose (short stories and excerpts from novels), book reviews, critical pieces on art, comics, gender and politics, as well as peer-reviewed academic essays. Founded by Siphiwo Mahala.
A journal founded in 2003. Eight print editions issued (a title search in Orbis using "Kwani Series" will show the ones held at Yale). Each issue is an anthology containing over 300 pages of new journalism, fiction, experimental writing, poetry, cartoons, photographs, cutting-edge academic papers, ideas, literary travel writing, & creative non-fiction. The publisher, Kwani Trust, is still active as a sponsor of book festivals and awards, but the publication has ceased. Some content is available on the website, which has not been updated since early 2018. Published in Nairobi, Kenya.
The African writers series (AWS) was established in 1962 to publish works by Black African authors for general readership in newly independent African nations. It covers fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama. AWS features major African authors of the post-independence period, alongside new editions of classic earlier texts, political writings, and new works by authors from the 1960s to the present.
Black Short Fiction and Folklore: African, African American, & Diaspora is the most comprehensive collection yet created of stories from Africa and the African Diaspora, offering short stories and folktales, ranging thematically from oral traditions that date back many hundreds of years to contemporary tales of modern life. In addition to these works, the database includes complete runs of selected literary magazines, such as Kyk-Over-Al and The Beacon. Black Short Fiction and Folklore from Africa and the African Diaspora features over 11,707 short stories and more than 81,955 pages.
Celebrates the many voices of women from Africa and the African Diaspora. Offering fiction, poetry, and essays from three continents and 20 countries; gives an unparalleled view of black women’s struggles through time. New content is uploaded on a biweekly basis, giving users immediate access to a steadily growing treasury of extraordinary writings. Currently features over 14,000 pages of poetry and prose.