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My Sewing Machine by Opal Palmer Adisa

  as long as i can remember i’ve always stitched cloth into the dreams people manage   after the earthquake hopelessness captured me like a body-bag husband missing but my machine survived   people bring cloth my fingers stitch scraps into newness I’ve been sewing since I was nine years old, maybe even younger.  I […]

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The Water Spirits: a slice of new fiction by Kiprop Kimutai

The Water Spirits  speaks about how grief and loss can disintegrate a family. Kogi, a seventeen year old boy, has finished High School and lives with his mother Susanna and his sister Chebet in a village called Tolosio. Their father, Jonathan, has recently passed on, and they are all dealing with this loss in various […]

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Uncertainty by Opal Palmer Adisa: a story of family and longing

Uncertainty Well after Daddy had left, and the two police officers and all the domestic helpers had settled down and returned to their respective duties as did the gardeners, and even Ms. Sally, after what seemed like an inordinately long time of her craning her neck, right then left, scanning the entire street –Ms. Sally, […]

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Writers Adrienne Kennedy & Tanya Selvaratnam

The writers Adrienne Kennedy and  Tanya Selvaratnam met when Kennedy was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, where Selvaratnam was a student, and they both lived in Adams House. Kennedy’s play Funnyhouse of a Negro is currently playing until June 19 at Signature Theater in New York City. Selvaratnam will perform in Brooke O’Harra’s I’m […]

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My Black Dance: Work-in-Progress on the Legacy

                Dance & music are inseparable have been one of passions of mine from the first beats of my heart. Yes. I believe that these universal languages are recognized by our soul and spirit long before intellect is developed. When I heard music as a child, I moved. […]

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When Mother Goes Away

  “Mommy Gone’”is the first piece in a series of vignettes, that might be the start of my memoir, which I have been resisting. Suddenly it feels right, timely.  This story is my first memory of lost/separation and it still lingers today, five decades later. I sometimes wonder if that is why I am so […]

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ALT Launches with Peter Kimani’s A Kiss in the Dark

The most important deal a business person will ever close is her first no matter whether you’re a shopkeeper, a restaurant, or in the business of publishing, book and author development such as me. My firm is called Adero’s Literary Tribe/ALT, launched this Summer. Our first accomplishment is a publication deal for Peter Kimani, a […]

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A bit of Irenosen Okojie’s Butterfly Fish, an excerpt of the novel

DISCOMBOBULATED HERD First the wives went bald. Their gleaming crowns like plump brown melons waiting to be pulped, clutching their thick, fluffy hair as if they would vanish like puffs of smoke. And by now the palace grounds were vomiting. Dead insects littered hidden crooks, red ants rolled on their backs in haste and confusion, […]

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Outside the Tin Palace: A photograph, 1976 by Patricia Spears Jones

photo by Amos Rice

  Outside the Tin Palace: A photograph, 1976   This exploration of the 1970s started with a photograph—a way into memory or mystery.  I can’t remember why we gathered.  I do remember that I was still dating Victor so very handsome, my second Afro-Puerto Rican boyfriend.  He introduced me to Salsa, and published my David […]

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Blood on E. 5th Street, from Autobiography of the Lower East Side by Rashidah Ismaili

  “This well established poet makes a brilliant debut in fiction with these complex, poetically detailed, interrelated stories of Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean and the USA who converge and form an artistic community in the early 1960s in the most easterly regions of Alphabet City .” –David Henderson, author of ‘Scuse Me While I […]

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