Start Time: March 19, 2018 3:30pm
End Time: March 19, 2018 4:30pm
Venue: J.A. Brown in the Carmichael Library
Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright who was born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother. He grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria and received degrees from Imo State University, Nigeria, Birbeck College, University of London, and the University of Southern California. Abani’s fiction includes The Secret History of Las Vegas (Penguin 2014), Song For Night (2007), The Virgin of Flames (2007), Becoming Abigail (2006), Graceland (2004), and Masters of the Board (1985). His poetry collections are Sanctificum (2010), There Are No Names for Red (2010), Feed Me The Sun – Collected Long Poems (2010), Hands Washing Water (2006), Dog Woman (2004), Daphne’s Lot (2003), and Kalakuta Republic (2001). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award for Graceland, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He has delivered TED Talks on humanitarianism, art, and ethics and is currently a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.