Artist Interview: Odera Igbokwe

Odera Igbokwe is the artist behind FIYAH #16’s JOY cover. We asked them a bit about their process and the artists they’re excited about in our quarterly Artist Interview. 1) What inspired you to originally want to be an artist? Play and creativity has always been a part of my being, whether that was specifically Read more

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Editor’s Note: Speculative Poetry 2021

B. Sharise Moore is taking over the role of Poetry Editor here at FIYAH for the year 2021. She’s outlined what she’s looking for below: I wrote poetry before I ever took a stab at writing fiction. There was something organic and inviting about the rhythm, the voice, the freedoms of lines and stanzas that Read more

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New Adventures: Brandon O’Brien

One of my favourite poems, by two-time Pulitzer-nominated American poet Lucille Clifton, begins:  won’t you celebrate with me  what i have shaped into  a kind of life?  I open with it to ask the same of you now, as after four years and sixteen issues, my tenure as FIYAH’s Poetry Editor has reached its climax. Read more

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Issue #16: JOY ToC+Cover Announcement

We are thrilled to present the cover and table of contents for the 16th issue of FIYAH Literary Magazine, themed “Joy”. Features include: Interstate Africana – a short story by WC Dunlap Ambrosia – a short story by Margaret Saunders Silver Door Diner – a short story by Bishop Garrison That Which Smells Bad – Read more

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Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Set in New York, at the dawn of WWII, Trouble the Saints is a story that starts with a notorious assassin whose ‘hands’ gift her deadly precision with knives. While trying hard to leave this life behind, we learn more about the race and power dynamics of the 1930s with a magical – somewhat mystical Read more

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

In Cinderella is Dead, debut author Kalynn Bayron, reimagines the world of this classic with a striking sapphic story about a determined young woman willing to risk it all to expose the secrets and lies at the very heart of Cinderella’s mythic ‘happily ever-after’ in order to free a kingdom. __________ Content Warning:  Cinderella is Read more

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Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

Ring Shout was written with anger, not hate. The propulsive plot, fiery action, and themes that are layered at such light-speed that its quick but potent inclusions is almost invisible, could only be done with writing fueled by anger. That’s because hate is too slow—it festers like mold until its subject is a monster without Read more

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STONE AND STEEL: A Q&A with Eboni Dunbar

  Stone & Steel Q&A With Eboni Dunbar STONE & STEEL is an upcoming book from Neon Hemlock’s first wave of novellas. Eboni Dunbar, FIYAH’s Managing Editor, is the talent behind it and we’re catching up with her today before the book’s release on September 5th. Mark your calendars everyone! It’s a great book with Read more

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FIYAH’s Querying Primer

The last couple of weeks have seen an outpouring of invitations to Black writers to submit works to agents and editors. As many of us are new to the traditional publishing process, or are transitioning from self-pub, here's a long-ish primer on what it means to query. What is a query? A query is essentially Read more
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