(Ethiopia) lived in Addis Abeba (elevation 2477.29m) until age 14. Then she came to the Netherlands (elevation -1.01m) and became a Dutch-Ethiopian, black, and a non-Western immigrant. She currently works for the Cultural Council in a combination of policy and communications. As an editor for Dipsaus Publicaties, she has ties to the Pluim publishing house. Together with a number of Twitterati she set up the virtual consultancy bureau Kopje Koffie Doen? She is one of the compilers of Zwart (Black), an anthology of literature by black writers from the Low Countries. She works as a programmer for the Winternachten festival in The Hague.(WN 2019)
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What role do the doorkeepers of literature play - publishers, editors, booksellers, agents and scouts - when it comes to the colour filter? Who ultimately decides what is "good literature" and on what basis? We discuss the issue with Ellah Wakatama, Editor-at-Large of Scottish publishing firm Cannongate Books, Ebissé Rouw, editor at Dutch podcast platform Dipsaus Publicaties, and Mylo Freeman, writer and illustrator of children's books best known for her Princess Arabella picture-book series.