Coffee & Oranges is a literary quarterly designed to celebrate the best in contemporary poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as cross-genre and/or un-genred work.
Each edition is delivered via email to subscribers every January, April, July, and October, and features three new works of literary art; a new interview with a vital, contemporary writer; and a new craft lecture.
Coffee & Oranges publishes work that thrives through an alchemy of sensory detail; setting; character and point of view; plot, structure, and pacing; voice(s), style, tone, and visual presentation; title; authorial identity; and thematic elements. We seek work that both ignites from these elements but also transcends them, achieving, creating, and re-defining the condition of great artistic work.
All subscription proceeds go to our writers and the Literature Africa Foundation, which transforms lives through education.
Meet Wairimu Mwangi, writer, Coffee & Oranges editor, and director of the Literature Africa Foundation.
The name Coffee & Oranges both honors our magazine’s home offices on the island of Kaua’i and reflects the importance of sensory detail in the art of creative writing.
Moreen Maria, student at Makarere University in Uganda, talks about the importance of the Foundation’s educational offerings.
Writers: submissions are available here.
Coffee & Oranges magazine will be in publication from January, 2020 through October, 2038, raising funds for the Foundation and publishing the finest contemporary writing in the world, four times per year.
Your one-time subscription, at the supporting price you choose, gets you access to Coffee & Oranges magazine for the entire duration, or 74 upcoming issues. You’ll receive three new works of literary art; a new interview with a vital, contemporary writer; and a new craft lecture each and every January, April, July, and October, as well as ongoing access to all archives. Please join us!
Ananya Sarkar (Kolkata) is a short-story writer, book reviewer, and poet. Her work has been published in such magazines as The Times of India, Woman’s Era, New Woman, 4indianwoman, Children’s World, KidsWorldFun, Muse India, Induswomanwriting, Conversations Across Borders, Indian Ruminations, Earthen Lamp Journal, Spark and The Madras Mag. Ananya won the first prize in both the Story Writing Contest by the American Library, Kolkata, as part of the Fiction Festival 2008 and the Induswomanwriting Poetry Contest, 2012. She was also a prize winner in the LoudReview Review Writing Competition, 2012 and Writers’ HQ Story Competition, 2016. Reading books, watching sitcoms and going for long walks are her favourite hobbies.
Wairimu Mwangi (Nairobi) is the founder of the Literature Africa Foundation. Her novels are available widely; her educational textbooks are used in schools across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana. She is passionate about quality education for all and believes that without books or material to read, literacy suffers and when literacy suffers, opportunities decline. She enjoys mentoring youth, storytelling, travelling, reading and meditating.
Ssekandi Ronald Ssegujja (Kampala/Bremen) is the founder of Writing Our World, an organization in Uganda that uses writing, debate and spoken word to give a platform to people to express themselves. He is an events organizer who also runs the the writers’ club ‘Coffee and Books’ that happens monthly in Kampala. In 2014, his story ‘Walls and Borders’ won the Eastern Africa Writivism Literary prize.
Jordan Hartt (Kauaʻi) is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018). A third collection, “Paradise,” is forthcoming from Tebot Bach in 2020.
His lifework is creating experiences where people find the writing craft to reach for their best artistic and human selves, find the writing community to connect with others, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.
To do this, he edits Coffee & Oranges; facilitates annual writing retreats in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and gives as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world. A little more about his ethos, if interested.