“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” — Audre Lorde
I know this to be the most true. Writing this, for me, has always been a place of power — where I can name myself for myself. It has been a tool, through which, I am given the right of voice. In my journey as someone who is Black and Queer, it has been necessary to create a narrative which centers me. And there is no better place to do that than in fiction — where I may be as powerful, as natural or as unnatural as I see fit. There are truly no amount of words adequate enough to express my debt to the art form.
And here we are, as African Voices magazine comes to a milestone 25th year, I am blessed to be able to join in the vision as the new Fiction Editor. For folks of color, in general, and Black folk, in particular, there has been nothing more enduring than the power of self determination through storytelling. Here, we flesh out our uglinesses, and triumphs. We breathe and dance without fear of being crushed under the heel of oppression. We are.
I look forward to working with writers to promote work that is thought provoking, transgressive, insightful and new. All words and worlds are encouraged. Please do not be afraid to submit sci fi, political, or other inspired fiction. We are not monolithic and neither is our work.