Nigerians in Space

ephemera from Deji Olukotun, author of the novel from Unnamed Press
theparisreview:


…Preshad a languageand a life, like,all his own,but in the teeming whole of us he livedtoooting on his sideways horntranslating frankie trumbauer intoBird’s feathersTranes sinewy tracksthe slickster walking through the crowdsurviving on a terrifying witits the jungle the jungle the junglewe living inand cats like pres cd make it because they were clear they,     at least,had to,to do anything else.Save all that comrades, we need it.

Amiri Baraka has died today at seventy-nine. Read his poem from our Spring 1981 issue here.

theparisreview:

…Pres
had a language
and a life, like,
all his own,
but in the teeming whole of us he lived
toooting on his sideways horn
translating frankie trumbauer into
Bird’s feathers
Tranes sinewy tracks
the slickster walking through the crowd
surviving on a terrifying wit
its the jungle the jungle the jungle
we living in
and cats like pres cd make it because they were clear they,
     at least,
had to,
to do anything else.
Save all that comrades, we need it.

Amiri Baraka has died today at seventy-nine. Read his poem from our Spring 1981 issue here.

penamerican:

Gene Luen Yang and Jeff Smith Live on Mashable/Google+ Hangout 
Tune in TODAY at 5:30 EST for a live Hangout On Air with acclaimed graphic novelists Gene Luen Yang and Jeff Smith as part of #GivingTuesday.
Yang is the creator of the award winning American Born Chinese and the two volume epic Boxers and Saints. He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award.
Jeff Smith is the author of the bestselling Bone series (Scholastic), and the science fiction epic RASL, about a time traveling art thief.
Yang will be joined in conversation by Smith, Executive Director of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Charles Brownstein and PEN American Freedom to Write Fellow, Deji Olukotun (@dejiridoo).
Can’t watch it live? No problem. You can view the recording after the live event from PEN’s YouTube channel. 

penamerican:

Gene Luen Yang and Jeff Smith Live on Mashable/Google+ Hangout 

Tune in TODAY at 5:30 EST for a live Hangout On Air with acclaimed graphic novelists Gene Luen Yang and Jeff Smith as part of #GivingTuesday.

Yang is the creator of the award winning American Born Chinese and the two volume epic Boxers and Saints. He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award.

Jeff Smith is the author of the bestselling Bone series (Scholastic), and the science fiction epic RASL, about a time traveling art thief.

Yang will be joined in conversation by Smith, Executive Director of Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Charles Brownstein and PEN American Freedom to Write Fellow, Deji Olukotun (@dejiridoo).

Can’t watch it live? No problem. You can view the recording after the live event from PEN’s YouTube channel. 

penamerican:

PEN American Center presents a live Mashable/Google+ Hangout with acclaimed Chinese-American graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang - the creator of American Born Chinese, a finalist for the National Book Award; the 500-page, two volume epic Boxers and Saints; and 2013’s Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search. 
Yang will be joined in conversation by author and PEN American Freedom to Write Fellow, Deji Olukotun (@dejiridoo), and the event will be moderated by Julie Buntin (@juliebuntin), Director of Programs & Strategic Outreach at the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).
Join the conversation on Tuesday, December 3rd, at 11AM EST on this event page or on the PEN American Center website
Can’t watch it live? No problem. You can view the recording after the live event from our YouTube channel or on this event page. 

penamerican:

PEN American Center presents a live Mashable/Google+ Hangout with acclaimed Chinese-American graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang - the creator of American Born Chinese, a finalist for the National Book Award; the 500-page, two volume epic Boxers and Saints; and 2013’s Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search. 

Yang will be joined in conversation by author and PEN American Freedom to Write Fellow, Deji Olukotun (@dejiridoo), and the event will be moderated by Julie Buntin (@juliebuntin), Director of Programs & Strategic Outreach at the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).

Join the conversation on Tuesday, December 3rd, at 11AM EST on this event page or on the PEN American Center website

Can’t watch it live? No problem. You can view the recording after the live event from our YouTube channel or on this event page. 

penamerican:

The struggle continues, 18 years after the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa

November 10 marked the 18th anniversary of the state execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and the ‘Ogoni 8’.
Not long ago, the Governor of our state in Nigeria said to the Ogonis: ‘Why can’t you people move on?’ The simple answer is that since Ken’s death in 1995 nothing has been done to stop the devastation brought about by unwanted, dirty oil extraction in our homeland. 
In the 1950s, before Nigeria won independence, Shell was given the right to drill oil. Ken Saro-Wiwa, like me, was from Ogoniland, an area of the Niger Delta which, like many others, was destroyed by the reckless exploitation of international oil companies, in particular Shell. Saro-Wiwa’s tireless campaigning let the international community know about our struggle – the conflict, pollution, loss of livelihood, food and drinking water. Ken also gave us hope by inspiring us to mobilize against the military government and Shell.

penamerican:

The struggle continues, 18 years after the death of Ken Saro-Wiwa

November 10 marked the 18th anniversary of the state execution of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and the ‘Ogoni 8’.

Not long ago, the Governor of our state in Nigeria said to the Ogonis: ‘Why can’t you people move on?’ The simple answer is that since Ken’s death in 1995 nothing has been done to stop the devastation brought about by unwanted, dirty oil extraction in our homeland. 

In the 1950s, before Nigeria won independence, Shell was given the right to drill oil. Ken Saro-Wiwa, like me, was from Ogoniland, an area of the Niger Delta which, like many others, was destroyed by the reckless exploitation of international oil companies, in particular Shell. Saro-Wiwa’s tireless campaigning let the international community know about our struggle – the conflict, pollution, loss of livelihood, food and drinking water. Ken also gave us hope by inspiring us to mobilize against the military government and Shell.