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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards, in the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction category. The New York University journalism professor’s book is the first memoir by a Nigerian to focus on being gay. Other finalists are: Brilliant Imperfection, by Eli Clare; The Inheritance of Shame, by Peter Gajdics; and Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic, by Richard A. McKay.

Most recently shortlisted for Best Gay Memoir/Biography at the 2018 LAMBDA AwardsLives of Great Men, which was published last year by Team Angelica Publishing, drew praise from Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste (“an incredibly powerful portrayal of what it means to be a gay Nigerian man…so outstanding is its tender and insightful exploration of all the complicated, unspoken bonds in our most intimate relationships”); Nigerian novelist and poet Chris Abani (“Frankie Edozien writes with an urgency that is compelling, with a vulnerable honesty that is disarming and impressive, and with elegance about his life and a subject so risky and yet necessary”); and Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman (“focuses his pinpoint-sharp lens not only on his own experiences of being a gay Nigerian man, but embeds a very specific generosity of spirit and wisdom”).

Chike Frankie Edozien.

The winners in all the Awards’ seven competitive categories will be announced at the 30th annual Triangle Awards on April 26, 2018, at the Tishman Auditorium of the New School, New York City.

Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees won the Publishing Triangle Awards’ Betty Berzon Emerging Writer category in 2016.

Chike Frankie Edozien is also currently shortlisted for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Award.

Congratulations to Chike Frankie Edozien.

Check out the other finalists HERE.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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