Samuel Kóláwolé was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. His work has appeared in AGNI, Gulf Coast, and Kweli, amongst other literary journals. Samuel’s forthcoming novel was a finalist for the Graywolf Prize for Africa last year, and he was awarded the 2019 Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers at Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus, Georgia. His fiction has also been supported with fellowships, residencies, and scholarships from the Norman Mailer Centre, International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Clarion West Writers Workshop, Wellstone Centre in the Redwoods California, and Island Institute, Alaska. Samuel studied at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and holds a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing with distinction from Rhodes University, South Africa and an MFA in Writing and Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, USA.