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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Queer Immigrant Realities showcased in Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Patsy

Originally published in the Sunday, June 5th, 2022 edition of the Stabroek News Dear reader,The review below doesn’t fully capture just how much Patsy affected me as a reader. From the first line, I was punted back to my childhood, to the moment that I, too, stood in the American Embassy line waiting to go …

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Once Upon an Eid: an anthology of childhood hope and joy

Seraj Captures the Moon by G. Willow Wilson and Sara Alfageeh Cast your eyes westward on Sunday Evening and you may just see it: the crescent moon hanging low on the horizon, signalling the end of Ramadan. In just a few hours, billions of Muslims around the world will jointly celebrate the holiday at the …

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Chaos is Power in Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

April finds me in a mischievous mood, the joyful memories of Easters past working their way around my subconscious. It’s a season of quick laughter and a hunger for fun, which made me crave a book about tricksters and mischief-makers, and the chaotic energy they radiate. For this reason, I am returning to the first …

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