‟KWELI is one of my favorite never-miss journals: truly indispensable. KWELI is beautiful in all the right ways, showcasing the magnificent breadth and extraordinary literary power of our communities.”
Our current issue, guest edited by JEFFERY RENARD ALLEN, is dedicated to Ghanaian poet KOFI AWOONOR. It features cover art by visual artist and writer VICTOR EHIKHAMENOR, poetry by NATHALIE HANDAL, DURIEL E. HARRIS and QUINCY TROUPE, a memoir excerpt by NANA-AMA DANQUAH, a cartoon and a short story by CHARLES JOHNSON, two prose pieces by ED PAVLIC, an interview with MOROWA YEJIDÉ, and more. Read SUGAR, JEFFERY RENARD ALLEN'S introduction to the issue.
KWELI launched its Reading and Conversation series in April 2011 with EDWARD P. JONES IN CONVERSATION WITH WYATT MASON. In January 2014, multimedia journalist and educator MACARENA HERNÁNDEZ, poet SHEILA MALDONADO and fiction writer NELLY ROSARIO presented Desveladas: a Fotonovela, a collaborative work-in-progress. ASTER(IX) JOURNAL co-sponsored the event. This reading series is presented in partnership with the New York Times African Heritage Network.
"The evening began with insight on the business of publishing from a panel of agents and editors. The panel was stacked to the gills with industry powerhouses: MALAIKA ADERO, DAWN DAVIS, JULIA A. MASNIK, MICHAEL MEJIAS, LATOYA SMITH, and STEVE WODWARD, with LINDA DUGGINS moderating. In the intimate setting of the conference, dreams of publication were prepped for take-off as the esteemed panelists demystified the publishing process." SERENA W. LIN