Participant

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  • Ber Anena

Ber Anena is a Ugandan writer, editor, and performer. A 2021 graduate of Columbia’s MFA Writing program, Anena is the 2018 joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa for her debut poetry collection, A Nation in Labour. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and twice longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa Prize. In 2013, her poem We Arise was shortlisted for the Ghana Poetry Prize. Anena’s prose and poetry have been featured in The AtlanticThe PlentitudesThe Kalahari Reviewadda storiesThe 2013 Caine Prize anthologyNew Daughters of Africa: An Anthology of New Writing by Women of African DescentJalada Africa, among others. Anena is working on a memoir, and her young adult novels are forthcoming from Storymoja Africain 2022. [She previously published under the name Harriet Anena]