Voodoonauts Presents: (Re)Living Mythology – A Collection of Alumni Writing

Originally published in the Sunday, November 13th, 2022 edition of the Stabroek News In 2019, two African MFA students—Yvette Ndlovu from Zimbabwe and Shingai Kakunda from Kenya—met while studying in the United States. Appalled by the lack of resources for and about Black speculative writers in their programmes, the two would frequently dream about creating …

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Monstrosity is Self-Defence in Zin E. Rocklyn’s Horror Stories

Originally published in the Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 edition of the Stabroek News Dear friends,The best craft happens when writers are safe, well-fed and comfortable. Currently, Teri Clarke (aka Zin E. Rocklyn) is trying to start a newer safer life so that she can meet her basic physical, emotional and mental health needs. But she …

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Storytelling casts a lifeline for humans and animals in A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

Originally published in the Sunday, September 4th, 2022 edition of the Stabroek News Sometimes the perfect book just happens to find you, ticking all the boxes you want for a review even before you knew those boxes needed to be ticked. I have been hearing the name Darcie Little Badger floating around the literary landscape …

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Africa Risen: A showcase of African speculative fiction

Originally published in the Sunday, August 7th, 2022 edition of the Stabroek News “What is life if we don’t repeat our stories?” - Boubacar from “Liquid Twilight” by Ytasha Womack I am always mindful about what I want to review for Emancipation Day. It’s important to continually re-examine the history of slavery and colonisation, and …

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Clarion West Write-a-thon: Week 5 Recap

This week was burnout week for me. My mind just veered off course, plunged over a cliff right into hyperfocusing on Horizon: Zero Dawn and Horizon: Forbidden West. I absolutely enjoyed playing Zero Dawn and watching the gameplay for Forbidden West. Both games taught me a lot about story and worldbuilding that I think I …

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Clarion West Write-a-thon: Week 4 Recap

Soursop Fruit, a known writer's block cure. Image from Things Guyana I will be honest. Week 4’s prompt genuinely scared me when it dropped. We were tasked with writing a flash story in the form of pure dialogue between two speakers who aren’t human. I spent a full day in a swirl of dread. Dialogue …

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Clarion West Write-a-thon: Week 3 Recap

Writing went a little smoother for me this week. I had fewer distractions and more time to write and was thus able to push myself a little bit more. The prompt for the flash workshop this week was to write a letter that speaks truth to someone powerful. As soon as I saw the prompt, …

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Love, Shame and Betrayal in Brit Bennett’s The Mothers  

Sisterhoods and motherhoods are complicated affairs, filled with love and joy as well as chaos and betrayals. The Mothers by Brit Bennett is a book that shows these complex relationships by following the lives of three young African Americans and exploring how their connections with their mothers – biological, adoptive, or just the elderly church …

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Clarion West Write-a-thon: Week 2 Recap

Writing was a lot harder for me this week. I had a lot of distractions, which made it harder for me to focus on the Week 2 flash fiction prompt, my book review and the short story I wanted to edit. I had to end up sacrificing the short and just focus on the flash …

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Clarion West Write-a-thon: Week 1 Recap

Back in 2020, during the Commonwealth Writers Workshop in Georgetown, my cohort and I were given an assignment. We were asked to bring something small to the workshop that we could part with exchange it with our workshop neighbour, and write a 500-word microfiction about that object. I brought a faux-amethyst necklace and in return, …

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