/legacy/urithi we’d like to leave behind for the people we come from. This zine is a culmination of poems, illustrations, letters and photographs that delve into this in different ways. One in particular is the Dear Azza series created by Khalda El Jack online. Khalda shares that Dear Azza was created “during the 2018/2019 Sudanese Uprising to offer a platform to document our/his[her] story in all our languages, not only through a recorded timeline of events, but as a timeline of emotions. A timeline of words felt but not spoken.”
Throughout this zine, you will find poems in Kiswahili, Arabic and English, some originating from our workshops in the Summer of 2019, others from our online open call to illustrators, writers and photographers on the continent and in the diaspora. It also includes the winning and judges’ poems from Sawti’s multi-lingual Poetry Prize. In addition to Dear Azza, poems from the esteemed Haji Gora Haji, as well as an interview with the well versed and inspiring writer and founder of Asmara-Addis literary festival in Exile festival, Sulaiman Addonia.
This zine is a culmination of the first year of this project, so do visit our website to experience online exclusives to the digital zine such as some of the above in audio!
“To write just because the poet wants to write is natural, but to learn to see is a blessing.”
– Linda Gregg, The Art of Finding