Kadija (George) Sesay is the founder of SABLE LitMag, SABLE LitFest and the SABLE Writer’s HotSpot. She is the editor of several anthologies of work by writers of African and Asian descent, the latest fiction one being, Dreams Miracles and Jazz: New Adventures in African Fiction (Picador Africa 2008) edited with Helon Habila. She is the series editor for the Inscribe imprint for Peepal Tree Press; their first anthology is Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry (2010) and an Associate Editor for Callaloo. She has published her own poetry, short stories, essays and articles in magazines, journals, anthologies and encyclopaedias in the UK, USA and Africa and has been broadcast on BBC World Service. Her first poetry collection Irki will be published by Peepal Tree Press in December 2012.
Kadija has co-ordinated various large and small scale literary events around the world and is the founder of SABLE LitFest and the SABLE Writers HotSpot. She is the General Secretary of African Writers Abroad (PEN) Centre, a Fellow of the George Bell Institute and a Fellow of the Kennedy Arts Centre of Performance Arts Management. She has received several awards for her work in the creative arts.
Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet and playwright. She has lived in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Arab world. She is the author of numerous books, including Love and Strange Horses, winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times described as “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing)”; and Poet in Andalucía, which Alice Walker lauds as “poems of depth and weight and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve.” She is also the co-editor of the landmark anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. Her most recent plays have been produced at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bush Theatre and Westminster Abbey. She is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature 2011, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors.
Marsha Lowe was born in London and studied Humanities at the University of Virginia and Arts Management at The University of London. Her first published article in SABLE in 2005 was called ‘The Burden of Truth,’ and concerned the responsibility of black artists working in British theatre. She followed this up in 2008 with ‘Mic Dreams: How government funded music courses are cementing the marginalisation of young black males.’ She presented this paper at ‘On Whose Terms?’, an international conference on black British arts at Goldsmiths College. She continues to write on a variety of subjects that centre on the challenges facing Black British writers, and young people within postcolonial societies.
Her latest essay on black British female politicians is due to be published by Manchester University Press in the anthology Contradictions and Heritage.
Art and Politics Editor
Sai Murai (Simon Murray) is a poet, writer, activist, artist, publisher of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. He is a repentant adman and now works independently in collaboration with grassroots community organisations through his artist/activist promotions agency Liquorice Fish. The first part of his debut novel, Kill Myself Now: The True Confessions of An Advertising Genius together with his forthcoming debut poetry collection, Adliberation are published by Peepal Tree Press.
In 2009 Sai was commissioned as a co-realiser and poet for Platform’s C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture project and was chosen as one of Yorkshire’s eight most talented literary/visual artists for FWords: Creative Freedom (2008). He is currently a member of digital arts collective Virtual Migrants; a poet/facilitator on Shake! Arts, Race, Media, Power; creative writing facilitator/mentor with the mental health arts charity Artists in Mind; a resident poet at Numbi; and a poet coach/communications director for Leeds Young Authors. He is editor of several poetry anthologies and his poetry, essays and short stories are published in numerous magazines/anthologies.
Koye Oyedeji is a writer and a journalist. His short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in The Fire People (1998), IC3 (Penguin 2000), Write Black, Write British (Hansib 2005) and Black British Aesthetics Today (Cambridge Scholars Press 2008). As a journalist he has contributed to a number of publications including New Nation, BBC Online, Arise Magazine, Darkerthanblue.com and The Nottingham Evening Post. He graduated with an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and is currently completing his PhD, entitled Aesthetics & The City which focuses on the aesthetic development of the African migration to London novel. He is a contributing editor for SABLE Litmag and teaches in the Literary Media Department at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Jacob Ross was born in Grenada, and has lived in Britain since 1984. He is a novelist, short story writer and a tutor of Narrative Craft. He is the author of acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone (1986) and A Way to Catch the Dust (1999); co-editor with Joan Anim-Addo of Voice, Memory, Ashes (1998); co-author with Kwesi Owusu of Behind the Masquerade: The Story of Notting Hill Carnival (1986); Ridin’ n Risin and Turf – Anthologies of Short Stories with Andrea Enisuoh.
He edited Artrage, Britain’s leading Intercultural Arts magazine. He currently lectures in creative writing and international literature in England and abroad. He regularly teaches for The Arvon Foundation and runs writing courses on Narrative Craft in London and Leeds and is a sought after mentor.
Hailed as ‘a writer of formidable technical range and emotional depth,’ Ross‘ work has been critically acclaimed internationally.
In 2006 Jacob Ross was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was one of the judges of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize in 2008 and the Tom-Gallon Award in 2009. His first novel, Pynter Bender, was published in September 2008 which received the following accolades:
A 2008 Book Of The Year – Caribbean Review of Books
Shortlisted Authors Club Best First Novel Award 2009
Shortlisted Commonwealth Writers Prize 2009
Jacob Ross received an Arts Council of England Award for his current novel in progress, The Village Above the Wind.
In 2012, he became the Associate Fiction Editor for Peepal Tree Press
Associate Editor (Poetry)
Dorothea Smartt, literary activist, live artist, and internationally respected poet of Barbadian heritage, is considered ‘among the best of her generation’, [Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell]. She was guest co-editor of SABLE’s LGBTQ issue [200?]. Her latest collection Ship Shape [Peepal Tree Press, 2008] is ‘a powerful work of reclamation, restitution and reanimation’ [Wasafiri, 25:4, 2010]. It was preceded by her commissioned poetry installations for Tradewinds-Landfall, transatlantic exhibitions at Project Row Houses (Texas, 2007), and the Museum of London Docklands (2009). Dorothea’s first collection, Connecting Medium (Peepal Tree Press, 2001) features a Forward Prize commended poem, and continues to be read at several USA universities. Her work features in several publications including Caribbean Erotic [Peepal Tree Press, 2011] and SCARF: intercultural arts magazine . She reads and facilitates workshops and residentials around the UK and abroad. She is Co-Director of INSCRIBE, a national development programme for writers of African & Asian descent, and a advisory member of the Cambridge Caribbean Poetry Project.