Interview with Edwidge Danticat for a Special Issue on African and African Diasporan Writers (JENdA Journal)

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The peer-reviewed JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies has just published Issue 30 on African and African Diasporan Writers. This issue on African Literature in JENdA is an exploration that features conversations with writers discussing their work and inspiration. This issue is for anyone. For those teaching literature, the issue is a great asset, and it comes with the added benefit that these cross and trans-continental dialogues ask us to consider that local and global can and does occupy the same space.

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Editorial: Words In Sound, Words In Motion, and Words In Power: New African Literature (free to read)
Azuka Nzegwu
It seems rather unusual that the editorial of this special-issue on African literature should start with such a profound statement about writing, self, and breakthrough. The formidable Nigerian playwright, Tess Onwueme reminds us that writing is a voice, and it is one that shatters silence and all its prevailing spectrum. Between the lines and the haze that often masks our spontaneous actions, the struggle for self is one that is experienced at various stages in life. But what does this have to do with writing, and more importantly, inspiration?

Interview with Edwidge Danticat
Author of Breath, Eyes, Memory (Oprah Book Club Selection), Krik? Krak!, The Farming of Bones, and The Dew Breaker, and her memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Edwidge is 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

Click the link to issue above for a full listing of writers in the issue.