Perhaps the original Creole culture is not in the Americas, but in Africa—300 miles off the west coast in Cape Verde. Guided by guest editor Carla Martin, Transition taps into the deep channels between this island nation and New England, making a trove of postcolonial fiction and poetry available for the first time to English-speaking audiences. The rest of the issue seeks out overlooked figures in African history—the black slave trader, the Spanish speaker, the homosexual, and that other South African president, Thabo Mbeki. No need to leave the continent to find what Dagwami Woubshet calls the “New World Alphabet.”
by Camila Mont-Rond
translated from Portuguese by Dário Borim
Contributors: Adekeye Adebajo, Carlos Almeida, Germano Almeida, ELCA Archives, José Maria Barreto, Dário Borim, Inês Brito, Brad Epps, Tchalé Figueira, Kesha Fikes, António Firmino, Mário Fonseca, Corsino Fortes, Manuel da Luz Gonçalves, Russell G. Hamilton, Sony Lab'ou Tansi, Christopher Larkosh, Kiki Lima, Isaak J. Liptzin, Nelson Lobo, Domingos Luisa, Carla Martin, Nicolas Martin-Granel, Mito, Fernando Monteiro, Camila Mont-Rond, Donato Ndongo, Lyle Prescott, Wole Soyinka, Danny Spínola, Phyllis Taoua, Mulumba Tshikuka, Michael Ugarte, Manuel Veiga, Abraão Vicente, Dagmawi Woubshet.