Transition 117 celebrates diasporic vision and creativity with a selection of new poetry and short fiction. But first, the issue opens with a sobering selection of responses to the killing of unarmed black Americans by police, culled from Transition’s online #ICantBreathe forum.
Since the publication of Tope Folarin’s 2013 Caine Prize-winning story, “Miracle,” Transition has been overwhelmed by submissions from African and Africa-descended writers. This issue shares the best from its fiction inbox—the adventurous, the erotic, the audacious—each story embodying “creation working on itself,” in the words of Folarin, who introduces the collection.
Also in this issue explore the inner dilemma of the ‘Afropolitan’ with Taiye Selasi; wait in line for a Ugandan ID card with Mary Serumaga; pay tribute to one of our early editors, the late Ali Mazrui; and herald the opening of the new Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art with David Adjaye, Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. As Folarin writes in his introduction, we hope you will savor this issue: “Who knows? In time, you might notice that something new is blooming inside you.”
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The National Identity Card by Mary Serumaga