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Republic of Consciousness Prize


Wednesday, March 1, 2023 | 6:00 p.m. CT Online

On Wednesday, March 1, join us for a virtual party to celebrate the longlist of the 2022 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses. Included on the longlist is Arinze Ifeakandu's God's Children Are Little Broken Things, published last year by A Public Space Books, which was also a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and is on the longlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize. 

Hosted by the prize's judges—Lori Feathers, Michelle Malonzo, Javier Ramirez, Neil Griffiths, and Ben Fountain—the event will also feature the small presses and editors who put out the longlisted titles, including A Public Space's managing editor Megan Cummins, who was Arinze's editor. 

This event will be held online on Zoom. Registration isn't required; join the party at the link below. 

Arinze Ifeakandu

was born in Kano, Nigeria. An AKO Caine Prize for African Writing finalist and A Public Space Writing Fellow, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in A Public Space, Guernica, the Kenyon Review, One Story, and Redemption Song and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2018. God’s Children Are Little Broken Things is his first book.

Megan Cummins

is the author of If the Body Allows It (University of Nebraska), which won the 2019 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and was longlisted for The Story Prize and the PEN/Bingham Award for Debut Story Collection. She is the managing editor of A Public Space.

God's Children Are Little Broken Things

In nine exhilarating stories of queer love in contemporary Nigeria, God’s Children Are Little Broken Things announces the arrival of a daring new voice in fiction. A man revisits the university campus where he lost his first love, aware now of what he couldn’t understand then. A young musician rises to fame at the price of pieces of himself, and the man who loves him. Arinze Ifeakandu explores with tenderness and grace the fundamental question of the heart: can deep love and hope be sustained in spite of the dominant expectations of society, and great adversity.

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