The collection’s artistry extends beyond the written word. Cover artist Danielle Clough created a series of miniature embroidered portraits based on photos of African people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) ‘This project has such an amazing energy because of how different each person has been, yet all of them are equally excited to be a part of the process,’ says Clough. The editors were drawn to Clough’s work because of its rich textures. For them, the layered yarn on the cover speaks to the layered narratives inside: ‘The cover portraits add meaning to these rich stories and speak to the zigzagging nature of our lives.’
This anthology comes after the rousing international success of Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction (2013), which won the 26th Lambda Literary Award for the anthology category in 2014, and was translated into Spanish in the same year. It is now used to teach literature and queer theory at prestigious universities in South Africa.