Novuyo serves on the Editorial Advisory Board and is a Fiction Editor at The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature based in New York.
The First Issue of The Bare Life Review is out in May 2018! Subscribe HERE.
"Such cultural moments as ours—moments of great trauma, upheaval—are, on a large scale, akin to what we might call the moment of artistic creation: art emergent in the aftermath, in the wake, when the language with which we have previously described the world is no longer adequate to the task, and we must set about creating a new one. The moment when, like Beckett, we feel we can’t go on, and yet we go on. In this respect we might say the refugee moment is the artistic moment: one in which resides the bare kernel of renaissance." More at The Bare Life Review.
From the Rockefeller Foundation Facebook Page: "As a young, accomplished writer, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma uses the power of stories to elevate the ignored and erased and her creative writing has inspired bravery and inclusion. Meet our Bellagio Center youth resident."
In 2017, Novuyo was awarded a prestigious Bellagio Arts and Literary Arts Residency Award to work on edits for her forthcoming debut novel House of Stone.
She was among a cohort of 14 leading artists, academics and practitioners invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to their Bellagio Villa by Lake Como in Bellagio, Italy to work on her novel project as well as advance action and knowledge supporting Youth as Agents of Transformative Change. “The Bellagio Center Residency Program brings together a range of expertise and perspectives, and it is exciting to be supporting such an exceptional cohort of residents around this important topic,” said Claudia Juech, associate vice president and managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation. More on the Rockefeller Foundation site here.
Read the Rockefeller Foundation article that highlights some of the emerging insights from the residency on the power of youth connections to drive a new, more global activism HERE.
Novuyo is involved in the literary arts in Africa at the conceptual level—she helped plan the inaugural Writivism Festival, which took place in 2013 and is now an annual arts and literary festival in Uganda, and where she initiated the Writivism Mentorship Programme and put into place the structures through which the programme has thrived. She is also a co-founder and former Deputy Editor of the pan-African Collective Jalada, an avante-garde literary and arts platform based in Kenya, where she helped build the structures through which the platform has thrived, and led Jalada’s editorial team on its first print anthology, the highly lauded Jalada05/Transition 123 Fear Issue, in collaboration with the Harvard based Transition Magazine.
"In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained.
In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience. Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced is an indictment of closing our doors, and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge." (Abrams Press, April 2018)
"In this splendid new edition of McSweeney’s, In Their Faces A Landmark: Stories of Movement and Displacement, guest-editor Nyuol Lueth Tong curates a collection of seventeen remarkable new stories from immigrant and refugee writers, the likes of which include Novuyo Tshuma, Marcus Burke, Maria Kuznetsova, Meron Hadero, and Eskor David Johnson. Inside are stories of home and family, of punctured soccer balls and misused Rolexes, of code-switching and generational divides and burying loved ones and prank-calling 911." (McSweeney's, March 2018)