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Gbenga Adesina.

Gbenga Adesina, winner of the 2016 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, will be in conversation with Tyehimba Jess, Professor of English at College of Staten Island and author of Olio, which received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and with R.A. Villanueva, author of Reliquaria, which won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. The event is organised by Pete’s Big Salmon and will be held in Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, New York.

Brittle Paper is fiercely proud of the heights hit by Gbenga Adesina since we first published his work in 2014, a brief, beautiful poem titled “Rediscovery.” By co-winning the Brunel Prize in 2016—alongside Chekwube Danladi—he became the first Brittle Paper-published writer of the new generation to take home a continental award—a list which has since swelled in 2017.

His chapbook, Painter of Water, was included in Tatu, the 2016 edition of New-Generation African Poets chapbook box set series, an initiative of the Africa Poetry Book Fund edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. His poem, “How To Paint a Girl,” was selected by Mathew Zapruder for The New York Times Magazine in July 2016, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry. His manuscript Holy Bodies was a finalist for the 2017 Sillerman First Book Prize from the African Poetry Book Fund.

His poems and interviews have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Washington Square Review, Vinyl, Ploughshares and elsewhere. A 2017 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House in New York City, he has received other fellowships and scholarships from the Norman Mailer Center, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Oxford University, and the 2015 poets’ residency on Goree Island organized by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa. Born in Nigeria, he is currently a Starworks Poetry Fellow in the MFA program at New York University.

Here are details for the event.

Date: January 12, 2018

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Enquiries: (718) 302-3770, petesbigsalmon@gmail.com

Find out more HERE.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, literary journalist, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Transition, and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award 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. 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 cities in Nigeria. 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. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, the boy 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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