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During Christmas, on 27 December, the Indian novelist Amitava Kumar shared this drawing of himself on Instagram. The sketch was done by his friend, Teju Cole. Kumar wrote:

Here’s my author photo, kinda-sorta, by my main man, Teju Cole.

Going by a previous photo Kumar shared on 25 December, of Teju Cole reading James Salter’s Dusk, it seems like they had a cool Christmas together. And it appears Teju Cole really can do it all—write, photograph, curate music, draw.

Teju Cole in conversation with Amitava Kumar. Image from Lannan.org.

Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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