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Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets

Anthonia C. Kalu, Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, and Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, editors
Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets
ISBN: 978-1-58826-868-6
$49.95
2013/193 pages/LC: 2012041548

DESCRIPTION

This anthology of never-before-published poems showcases a new generation of African women poets, some familiar, some just beginning their literary careers. Their rich voices belie popular stereotypes, reflecting the diversity and dynamism of their environment. As they range across topics encompassing family and personal relationships, politics, war, and the ravages of famine and disease, they show the breadth of African women's experiences and of their thinking about issues both on the continent and globally.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anthonia C. Kalu is professor of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University. Her numerous publications on African literature include Women, Literature and Development in Africa and the edited Rienner Anthology of African Literature, and she is also author of Broken Lives and Other Stories, a collection of short stories. Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi is professor of English and comparative literature at North Carolina State University. She has published a collection of short stories, Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon, as well as The Sacred Door and Other Stories: Cameroon Folktales of the Beba and Gender in African Women's Writing: Identity, Sexuality, and Difference. Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka is professor in the Departments of Theatre and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. She is coeditor of African Literature at the Millennium and author of Yoruba Dance: The Semiotics of Movement and Body Attitude in a Nigerian Culture.

CONTENTS

The anthology includes work from

NORTH AFRICA
  • Egypt~Nadia Z. Bisha.
  • Tunisia~Lamia Ben Youssef Zayzafoon.
CENTRAL AND EAST AFRICA
  • Gabon~Jasmine Ntoutoume, Edna Merey Apinda.
  • Kenya~Imali J. Abala, Arecau, Bonita Belle, Rose Wanjiru Busolo, Anastacia Kamau, Serah Mbatia, Njeri Kang’ethe, Serah Mbatia, Lenah Mukoya, Connie Mutua, Sitawa Namwalie, Mercy Ngigi, Wandia Njoya, Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye, Sarah Navalayo Osembo.
  • Rwanda~Mimi Harriet Uwineza.
  • Tanzania~Sandra A. Mushi, Clara C. Swai.
  • Uganda~Monica Dorothy Aciru, Susan Nalugwa Kiguli, Harriet Naboro, Patience Nitumwesiga, Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, Jemeo Nyonjo, Jennifer A. Okech, Hilda Twongyeirwe Rutagonya.
SOUTHERN AFRICA
  • Botswana~Cheshe Dow.
  • Namibia~Monica Mweliya Nambelela.
  • South Africa~Nicole Elisha Hartzenberg, Nosipho Kota, Bernedette Muthien, Makhosazana Xaba.
  • Zambia~Chiseche Salome Mibenge.
  • Zimbabwe~Isabella Jeso.
WEST AFRICA
  • Burkina Faso~Natalie Hoblebou Ouandaogo/Rouamba.
  • Cameroon~Joyce Ashuntantang, Lydie E. Epangué, Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury, Makuchi, Frida Menkan Mbunda-Nekang, Rosalyn Mutia, Pat T. Nkweteyim.
  • Ghana~Epifania Akosua Amoo-Adare, Nana Nyarko Boateng.
  • Nigeria~Toyin Adewale-Gabriel, Oghomwensemwen Aimie Adeyinka-Edward, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka, Umma Aliyu Musa, Temitope Azeez-Stephen, Unoma Azuah, T. Mojisola Bakare, Damilola Balogun, Love Chioma Enwerem, Nora Omoverere Gbagi, Nnenna May George-Kalu, Folake Idowu, Dinah Ishaku, Anthonia C. Kalu, Naomi Lucas, Kate Mshelia, Emmanuella Nduonofit, Adora Neboh, Ifeyinwa Genevieve Okolo, H. Obiageli Okolocha, Ify Omalicha, Yewande Omotoso, Olajumoke Verissimo.