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Nigerian writer TJ Benson is also a photographer. On Instagram, he sells his photographs—a striking collection in which his subjects are given a second life.

TJ Benson’s short story, “Tea,” was first runner-up for the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize and was shortlisted for the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction.

TJ Benson.

TJ Benson’s early photography is collected in the e-book Rituals, published by Sankofa Mag in 2015. His photos also appear in Work Naija: The Book of Vocations anthology. His Instagram handle is @tjbenson_. People interested in his work can email him at Tj.benson@ymail.com to discuss the price.

TJ Benson is Brittle Paper‘s official photographer for the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival.

Check out the small sample of his work below.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October, 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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