Words From Our Team…

…our Authors and Guests

Follow this link for Words from our Guest Authors, who join and broaden AiW’s conversations. For more info, bios and links about each of our AiW Guests, scroll to the foot of their individual posts.

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…our Editorial Team


Rebecca Jones – Rebecca Jones is a Lecturer in the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham. Rebecca’s book on Yoruba- and English-language travel writing in Nigeria from the early twentieth century to the present day, At the Crossroads: Nigerian Travel Writing and Literary Culture in Yoruba and English, is out with Boydell & Brewer as part of their African Articulations series.


Katie Reid (Editorial Director 2018 -) – Katie has lectured in global literary and cultural studies, with a focus on Critical Theory and Critical Race Studies, and an area focus in southern Africa, since 2011. Katie’s research pivots around contexts of reception of post-apartheid literature (the weirder the better), primarily through the work of white Anglophone writer Ivan Vladislavić, also a prominent editor, and art-essayist, who was Social Studies and Fiction Editor for anti-apartheid press, Ravan, and assistant editor for their groundbreaking protest magazine Staffrider in the 1980s.


Stephanie Bosch Santana is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA. Her work focuses on southern African literary networks and the migration/transformation of genres in the region. Stephanie lived and worked in southern Africa from 2005-2008 and is the assistant editor of ‘The Face of the Spirit: illuminating a century of essays by South African women’ (2007) and co-editor of ‘Winning Stories from the Malawian Girls’ Short Story Competition’ (2009).


Kate Wallis (Haines) – is a Lecturer in Global Literatures at the University of Exeter. Her research has explored the ways in which writing by African, namely Kenyan and Nigerian authors published since 2000, have intervened in the creation of cultural memory. She was previously Head of Humanities at Palgrave Macmillan, Associate Editor for the Kwani? Manuscript Project, and is now Editor at Huza Press.

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Managing Editor
Kristen Stern is Assistant Professor in Francophone Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is at work on a book on contemporary francophone writers from the African continent and the performance of authorship. She regularly presents and publishes on contemporary African literature in French, performance studies, and the sociology of the author. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University.


Communications Editor
Joanna Woods is currently studying for her doctorate at Stockholm University. Her main research interest lies in African contemporary speculative fiction. She has been involved in working within the space between theory and praxis in Malawi, and has a book published: A Negotiation of Ideas about Home in Malawian Poetry (2015).

Wesley Macheso

Reviews Team
Wesley Macheso is a Malawian writer currently reading for his PhD in literature at Stellenbosch University. He conducts research on queer representations in African literature, among other emerging issues in literatures from the region. He teaches literature at the University of Malawi to survive and he writes to live. His short story “This Land is Mine” is published in Water: new short story fiction from Africa (2016) by Short Story Day Africa. He won the 2014/ 2015 Peer Gynt Literary Award in Malawi for his children’s book Akuzike and the Gods.

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Tom Penfold is a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg. His research covers a wide range of South African cultural production ranging from fiction to graffiti. In 2017, he published a monograph with Palgrave MacMillan, entitled Black Consciousness and South Africa’s National Literature. He has a longstanding interest in performance poetry and song, and has worked closely with poets and artists across South Africa.  


Editorial Assistant
Ellen Addis (2018- ) is studying for her Master’s at University College London in modern literature and culture. Her research is focused on marginalised class identities in the United Kingdom and the global space.


…our Founders

Founding Editor:


Nara Improta – Nara has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sussex, where she studied the intellectual production in Lagos-Nigeria in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Trained as a historian at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, she also has an MA in African Studies from El Colegio de Mexico, in Mexico City. Twitter: @naraimprota


Kate Wallis (Haines) and Katie Reid

…and our previous team members



Charlotte Hastings – Dr Hastings works on the intersection between gender, education and Africa, most recently in terms of the work of a early 20C teacher in colonial Lagos. Fascinated by texts of all kinds, Igbo-learner, book junkie and Freshlyground fan. Teaches African history, gender history and interdisciplinary gender and urban studies.



(2018) Rodney Likaku is employed as a doctoral researcher (PhD) in English Literature at Uppsala University, Sweden. His research is in the economic systems that govern the production of fiction in the megacities of African literature. He is curator at africanstreetliterature.blog: a research project that investigates emergent African literary forms. His wider ambition in academia is to work within alternative methodologies that supplement the reading, construction, and distribution of the African literary imagination.

Chelsea Haith

(2018-19) Chelsea Haith is currently a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and studied French, journalism, and gender studies at the University Currently Known as Rhodes and the University of Cape Town before moving to the University of York for her MA in 2017. She has worked in the South African small magazine and publishing industries and her current research interests include speculative fiction, life writing, and global literatures.


(2018)Thando Njovane is a teacher, researcher and writer interested in psychoanalysis, fiction, and higher education. She is also the founder and co-chair of Finding Africa, a cross-continental independent interdisciplinary postcolonial African Studies platform located at Rhodes University and the University of Leeds.

DavidBorman2017David Borman (2017-2018) – received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami and teaches courses on literature and writing at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

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(2016-17) – Tamara Moellenberg is a DPhil candidate in English at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research examines representations of child figures in selected Anglophone West African novels. She has taught courses in postcolonial, African, and children’s literature.

(2015-16) Rashi Rohatgi has a PhD in Languages and Cultures from SOAS. Her fiction can be found in The Misty Review, her poetry in Allegro, and her academic writing in Matatu,Wasafiri, and other journals. Her recent monograph, Fighting Cane and Canon, is about World Literature in Mauritius.

Associate Editors


Communications: (During her time with AiW…) Miriam Pahl [was] a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at SOAS in London and focuses on contemporary African literature in English. In her work, she explores the concept of the human and personhood in genre fiction by authors in Africa and the diaspora. She is at home in London, Nairobi and Bremen.


Reviews: Matthew Lecznar ( -Dec 2017) is a PhD student at the University of Sussex, and a former member of the editorial team at Africa in Words. His doctoral research considers the artistic legacies of the Nigeria-Biafra war, and he is more broadly interested in the ways artists respond to conflicts in a range of different forms and media. He has published articles on the fiction and celebrity of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and is an editorial assistant for Africa in Words

Editorial Assistants:

Nneoma Amadi-obi ( -2017) graduated with an MA in African Studies from SOAS. Passionate about literature, she is particularly interested in narrative non-fiction and literature in translation.

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(During her time as AiW’s Editorial Assistant 2014-15)  Nomonde Ntsepo is pursuing her Masters in Modern and Contemporary Literature, having earned her undergraduate degree in English at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She is particularly interested in contemporary literatures of African migration.


(As AiW’s Events and Social Media Assistant Ed in 2014) Lilly Kroll is a graduate from the University of Sussex, where she completed a dissertation on diasporic identity and Afropolitan imaginings in the writing of Taiye Selasi. She is interested in the marketing and reception of contemporary anglophone African literature, states of in-betweenness, and West African stringed instruments. She has not yet found a way to combine these three things but is working on it.


(Editorial Assistant 2014 – at that time…) Rachel Knighton  is a PhD student in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. Her research looks at postcolonial African prison narratives.

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