The second edition of the Imbiza Journal for African Writing. guest edited by Barbara Boswell, is out in time for South Africa’s Women’s Month.
The Imbiza Journal is a publishing platform for creative writing, criticism, academic writing and intellectual engagement for African thinkers, cultural workers and activists based in South Africa. The first edition of the Siphiwo Mahala founded journal featured contributions from among others Vangile Gantsho, Elinor Sisulu, Zukiswa Wanner, Lucas Ledwaba, Simamkele Dlakavu, Moses Seletisha, Thandeka Maseko, Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, and Outlwile Tsipane. There was also an exclusive extract from an upcoming novel by Zakes Mda. It launched on World Book Day in April.
The second edition of the journal came out on August 1; August is Women’s Month in South Africa. It is guest edited by Barbara Boswell a feminist literary scholar and creative writer with research and teaching interests in Black diasporic women’s writing, Black South African women’s literature, and queer theory. She is the author of And Wrote My Story Anyway: Black South African Women’s Novels as Feminism (Wits University Press, 2020) and Grace: A Novel (Modjaji Books, 2017), winner of the University of Johannesburg Debut Creative Writing Prize.
The second edition features Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola on its cover with a feature on our favourite feminist scholar by Simamkele Dlakavu. Other contributors to the journal are Nolo Phiri, Keletso Mopai, Nomathamsanqa Olga Nyengane, Mabel Mnena, Makhosazana Xaba, Phomelelo Mamampi Moshapo, Flow Wellington, Wanelisa Xaba, Kamohelo Mabogwane, Aminatta Forna, Sue Nyathi, Shubnum Khan, Lorraine Sithole, Gorata Chengeta, Gogontle Mosiakgabo, Thabiso Mahlape, Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, among others. Also giving a contribution is the cover subject Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola with the essay, Mona Eltahawy’s Cartographies of Feminist Fury.
For those of you in South Africa, you can get a copy of the journal at CNA stores, Exclusive Books, Book Circle Capital, and Book Lounge in Cape Town. The digital edition of the journal can be bought on Kelo #TheSmartRead App on Google PlayStore.