CFP: MTLS Special Issue on Harry Garuba (1958-2020)

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Call for Submission: Special Issue on Harry Garuba (1958-2020) 

Deadline extended to 30 September 2020

After the generation of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and John Bekederemo-Clark, Harry Garuba, as a world-renowned scholar and poet in Ibadan where he also led the Thursday group of poets, was at the bridgehead of a new wave of Nigerian Literary culture and scholarship since the 1980s till his passing in February 2020. For over 30 years, he sponsored, mentored, taught, supported and befriended that new generation. Always self-effacing, he never took or sought credit for his intellectual and moral generosity, a palpable example of which was the 1987 poetry anthology, Voices from the Fringe, which he organized and edited. This work is a formal introduction of the third generation of Nigerian writers to the literary world. In the area of scholarship Garuba’s quiet but powerful intelligence and erudite influence is widespread. His academic essays are landmarks of rigorous postcolonial enquiry within a global school culture. Garuba inspired and straddled the scholarly, writerly and social worlds of a visionary generation of intellectuals. The Maple Tree Literary Supplement (MTLS), calls for submissions from Garuba's colleagues, friends and acquaintances in the scholarly and creative world –  especially the ‘Thursday Group of poets’ – about his life and work in the form of poetry, essays – scholarly and otherwise – anecdotes or even prose fiction. These submissions will be published in MTLS and later collected into an anthology in the future.


Submissions should be sent online through MTLS submissions form at or emailed to>. The submission deadline has been extended to 30  September  2020.