Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction
Karen Martin & Makhosazana Xaba (eds)
The art of telling my stories lies in saying the right things the right way, but sometimes, and sometimes more importantly, it lies in finding ways to say the things that are never said.
– Emil Rorke, 'Poisoned Grief', Queer Africa
This quote beautifully captures both the motivation behind and spirit of Queer Africa. Each of the authors showcased in the anthology has found just the right way to talk about those things that are too often silenced, denied and attacked. Each contribution interprets and explores 'queer Africa' in a unique way, resulting in a diverse and thoroughly engaging collection of short-form writing.
Queer Africa brings together historical and contemporary stories, affirming and disquieting stories, urban and rural stories. It features characters who are rooted firmly in their countries and cultures, and others who could live anywhere in the world. At its heart, the collection celebrates the diversity and fluidity of queer and African identities, offering a sometimes radical re-imagining of life on the continent.
These eighteen stories courageously – and often in surprising and delightful ways – challenge assumptions about what it means to be queer, to be African and to represent particular human experiences. As such, the collection provides a captivating reading experience for everyone: male or female, queer or straight, African or non-African.
About the editors
Karen Martin is a fiction writer, collage artist and professional editor. In 2011, she was awarded a fellowship to Syracuse University’s creative writing MFA program, and the following year she was artist-in-residence at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Karen has initiated and developed several projects for GALA, including Balancing Act, a collection of South African LGBTI youth life stories, and Till the Time of Trial, a booklet featuring the prison letters of LGBTI and HIV/AIDS activist Simon Nkoli. She is the co-editor of Sex and Politics, a collection of essays, memoirs and archival documents about the South African LGBTI rights movement.
Makhosazana Xaba is a former writing fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) and is currently a writing fellow at the Wits School of Public Health. She is the author of two poetry collections: these hands (2005) and Tongues of their Mothers (2008). Her debut collection of short fiction, Running and Other Stories, was published by Modjadji Books in 2014. She is the winner of the 2005 Deon Hofmeyr Award for Creative Writing.
Publisher: MaThoko's Books
Publication date: 2013