Beatrice Lamwaka

There have been new roles for Uganda’s Beatrice Lamwaka, USA’s Jared Jackson and Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, as well as UK’s Marianne Tatepo in the last week.

Beatrice Lamwaka to head PEN Uganda

Beatrice Lamwaka
Beatrice Lamwaka

Gulu Uganda born and bred Beatrice Lamwaka is Ugandan writer with a keen interest in human rights. She is the founder of Arts Therapy Foundation, a non-profit organisation that provides psychological and psychosocial support, to people affected by the two decades of armed conflict in northern Uganda, through creative arts therapy. She became known to the African literary community when her short stories were finalists for PEN/Studzinski Literary award in 2009 and shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2011.

It has been reported by respected writer Bob Kisiki that Lamwaka is the new executive at P.E.N Uganda. She replaces Dr Danson Kahyana, who has led the organisation for two four-year terms.

Marianne Tatepo for Square Peg Books

Marianne Tatepo
Marianne Tatepo

Marianne Tatepo is a London, UK based publisher of titles like My publishing includes Living While Black by psychologist Guilaine Kinouani, The Instant Mood Fix by TED talker Dr Olivia Remes, Hill House Living by stylist Paula Sutton, Weird to Exist by comic artist Alison Zai and Misfits by actor Michaela Coel.

The publisher at Ebury is set to take a new role of publishing director of Square Peg Books

She has announced that she has a new role at Penguin Books on her Twitter;

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman new executive director Hurston/Wright Foundation for Black Writers

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Ed.D. is an award-winning cultural curator, community organizer, nationally recognized speaker, and multi-genre writer. She is the author of the children’s book Mariah’s Maracas and co-editor of the forthcoming book Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture. She was recently commissioned as a 2019-2021 Theatre Alliance DC Quadrant Playwright.

She is the new executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation for Black Writers.

Jared Jackson for PEN America Program Director, Literary Programs and Emerging Voices

Jared Jackson
Jared Jackson

Jared Jackson worked to strengthen progressive organizations through effective communications strategy, research, and community outreach. He holds a BA in political science and English from Trinity College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where he was a Chair’s Fellow and Graduate Faculty Fellow.

He was appointed Program Director, Literary Programs and Emerging Voices on December 7.