Submissions are accepted until October 30, 2020.
Please send single or multiple submissions of poems, stories, tributes
and artwork to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and copy remraj1 at
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full or pen name and affiliation. (Artwork only in jpeg format).
We invite the African Literature Association and its members to
contribute to a commemorative anthology celebrating the life and work
of Professor Harry Oludare Garuba (1958-2020); poet, literary scholar,
teacher, mentor, and beloved friend.
Harry Garuba has been described as “the magnetic force of lasting and
legendary friendships” (Raji 2020), an ever-present power “in the
conviviality of people that he [...] nurtured, comforted and added in
his ever-expanding circle of inclusion” (Fuh 2020), “African
intellectual and icon” (Kessi 2020), and “one of the world's finest
and most innovative poets” (Omoyele 2020).
Titled Chants, Dreams and Other Grammars of Love, this collection
seeks to gather stories, poems, and reminiscences about our beloved
friend and teacher and his engagement with, and contributions to
society, people and literature. We envision this anthology as a fête,
praise song, dirge, sendero, faithful witnessing, an open place for
remembering and healing for the great loss of an exceptional mind.
Editorial Team: Remi Raji • Josephine Alexander • Oyeniyi Okunoye •
Natasha Himmelman • Bongani Kona • Idowu Omoyele
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Fuh, Divine. 2020. ‘Obituary: The Pothole in My Heart: Tribute to
Harry Garuba (1958-2020).’ Modern Africa: Politics, History and
Society, 8.1, pp. 5-9.
Kessi, Shose. 2020. ‘In Remembrance: Professor Harry Garuba.’ UCT
News, 29 February 2020.
Omoyele, Idowu. 2020. ‘Garuba Finds His “Port of Death.”’ Mail &
Guardian, 19 March 2020.
Raji, Remi. 2020. ‘Harry Garuba (1958-2020): A Tribute in Two
Feelings.’ Konya Shamsrumi.