CFP: Chants, Dreams and Other Grammars of Love

deadline for submissions: 
October 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Editorial Team: Remi Raji • Josephine Alexander • Oyeniyi Okunoye • Natasha Himmelman • Bongani Kona • Idowu Omoyele

CFP: Chants, Dreams and Other Grammars of Love

Dear friends, artists, comrades and colleagues,

We invite you to contribute to a commemorative anthology celebrating the life and work of Professor Harry Oludare Garuba (1958-2020); poet, literary scholar, teacher, mentor, and beloved friend.

Harry Garuba has been described as “the magnetic force of lasting and legendary friendships” (Raji 2020), an ever-present power “in the conviviality of people that he [...] nurtured, comforted and added in his ever-expanding circle of inclusion” (Fuh 2020), “African intellectual and icon” (Kessi 2020), and “one of the world's finest and most innovative poets” (Omoyele 2020). 

Titled Chants, Dreams and Other Grammars of Love, this collection seeks to gather stories, poems, and reminiscences about our beloved friend and teacher and his engagement with, and contributions to society, people and literature. We envision this anthology as a fête, praise song, dirge, sendero, faithful witnessing, an open place for remembering and healing for the great loss of an exceptional mind.

Please send single or multiple submissions of poems, stories, tributes and artwork to:, and copy remiraji at

Please send your entry only in word format (not PDF) and indicate your full or pen name and affiliation. (Artwork only in jpeg format).

Submissions are accepted until October 30, 2020.


Editorial Team: Remi Raji • Josephine Alexander • Oyeniyi Okunoye • Natasha Himmelman • Bongani Kona • Idowu Omoyele


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Fuh, Divine. 2020. ‘Obituary: The Pothole in My Heart: Tribute to Harry Garuba (1958-2020).’ Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society, 8.1, pp. 5-9.

Kessi, Shose. 2020. ‘In Remembrance: Professor Harry Garuba.’ UCT News, 29 February 2020.

Omoyele, Idowu. 2020. ‘Garuba Finds His “Port of Death.”’ Mail & Guardian, 19 March 2020.

Raji, Remi. 2020. ‘Harry Garuba (1958-2020): A Tribute in Two Feelings.’ Konya Shamsrumi.