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Teju Cole. Image from Sydney Morning Herald.

Teju Cole has joined Harvard University’s Department of English as the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. The information, which is yet to see an official announcement, is on Harvard’s Website, on a page that has been created for him, as well as on his own Website. This is his second time as a faculty member in a university. He was, until this year, the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Teju’s new Harvard page lists his academic qualifications: a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1996; a M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2000; and a M. Phil. from Columbia University in 2006.

The page is yet to state his office hours, only designating it “By appointment.” But it lists his interests as “Fiction writing. Literary Criticism. Photography Criticism.” And then his four books: “Blind Spot (2017), Known and Strange Things (2016), Every Day is for the Thief (2007/ 2014), Open City (2011),” which are then each described on a column on the left.

The page ends with a link to Teju Cole’s Website.

This compacts Teju Cole’s already tight schedule, which includes his work as the photography critic of The New York Times Magazine.

Brittle Paper congratulates Teju Cole.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. 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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