Africa’s newest genre – the queer Afro-modern – showcased in As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Vol 2

As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Vol 2 is out in May from Jacana Media.

‘We are homosexuals, heterosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals and whateversexuals, burning to rescue this continent …’ – Pwaangulongii Dauod

The second offering in the Gerald Kraak annual anthology, As You Like It, is a collection of the shortlisted entries submitted for the Gerald Kraak Award.

This anthology offers a window into deeply located visions and voices across Africa. It brings together stories of self-expression, identity, sexuality and agency, all located within Africa and its legacy.

‘These stories take up space; they are big and heavy and weighty and solid. These stories make no apologies. The sentences you will find on these pages are not afraid. They move from the brutal and the bloody to the melodic and the lyrical. They are crisp and controlled then suddenly they melt; sweetly, seductively’ – Sisonke Msimang

The Gerald Kraak Award showcases some of the most provocative works of fiction, poetry, journalism, photography and academic writing by allies of the LGBTQI+ community as fierce defenders of human rights. Curated by some of our favorite thinkers Sisonke Msimang, Mark Gevisser and Sylvia Tamale, this anthology is not only a celebration of emerging writers from across the continent; it also provides a space for storytellers to keep doing what they love and to turn what they love into careers.

The winner of the award will be announced at an exclusive launch hosted by the Other Foundation, on 24 May 2018. For more details about this event please contact katlego@jacana.co.za.

About The Gerald Kraak Award

The award is a joint initiative by the Jacana Literary Foundation and the Other Foundation and is named after Gerald Kraak (1956–2014), a passionate champion of social justice and an anti-apartheid activist.

About The Jacana Literary Foundation

The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to promote and foster writing excellence from South and southern Africa through a number of initiatives. By securing funding for key projects, the JLF aims to publish literature that might not otherwise be published for purely commercial reasons. This allows the JLF’s publishing partner, Jacana Media, to produce literature that supports the concept of bibliodiversity. We believe that it is through the reading and writing of local creative works that the truths of our lives are best told.

About The Other Foundation

The Other Foundation is an African trust that supports those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities for lasting change.

Categories Africa Non-fiction South Africa

Tags As You Like It Gerald Kraak Anthology Gerald Kraak Award Jacana Literary Foundation Jacana Media LGBTQI+ Mark Gevisser New books New releases Sisonke Msimang Sylvia Tamale The Other Foundation

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