Clarie Gor and Kelechi Njoku were revealed to be the inaugural A Long House Rajat Neogy Editorial Fellows on January 16, 2021.
A Long House is a new frontier for black thought, stories, and critical discourse that was started in 2020. They announced themselves with a series of curated discussions featuring some of the most respected names in the writing business today. These included Safia Elhillo alongside Ladan Osman, Kwame Dawes in conversation with Gregory Pardlo, as well as Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.
In 2021, the announced a new fellowship named for Rajat Neogy, the famed Ugandan founder of Transition one of the most influential literary magazines and frontier for intellectual debates to ever come out of the continent. The fellows were supposed to work with founding editors on editing works of contributors. They would also manage communication with contributors, oversee publication schedule and curate a newsletter, reach out to/suggest new contributors, and work with founding editors on themed issues. The A Long House inaugural fellows announced are Clarie Gor and Kelechi Njoku. Below are their profiles;
Clarie Gor is a Kenyan writer and Journalist. She is currently interested in creating work that centers Black women and feminisms; that is an exploration of the various dynamics of violence and the possibilities of collective imagination and conversation. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Equipoise, the 2020 anthology of the Nairobi Writing Academy, Catapult, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Audacity, Kalahari Review and others. Her flash creative nonfiction essay, ‘This Song My God, I Have Wept!’ won the February 2019 Igby Prize for nonfiction. All her work is archived on https://clariesramblings.com. She lives in Kenya.
Kelechi Njoku has worked with several organisations devoted to spotlighting literature in Africa—the Afritondo Short Story Prize; Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop; Dusty Manuscript Prize, Nigeria; Aké Arts and Book Festival; and Writivism Short Story Prize. He has edited three issues of Bakwa magazine, two of 14, and several other book and literary projects with independent publishers, Kachifo and Narrative Landscape Press. His writing appears in adda, Litro, This Is Africa, and Brittle Paper. In 2020, he was writer-in-residence at Black Rock, Dakar, Senegal. He lives in Nigeria.