Akwaeke Emezi


About Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. They are a recipient of the National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35' award for 2018, selected by Carmen Maria Machado. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Emezi holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University. In 2017, Emezi was awarded a Global Arts Fund grant and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. They won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa, and their writing has been published by Dazed Magazine, The Cut, Buzzfeed, Granta Online, Vogue.com, and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Freshwater, which was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction by the American Library Association, is their debut novel.

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4 days ago

Whatever pet you have, read Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. Published by Faber & Faber.
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3 months ago

Out now! Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, illustrated by Akwaeke Emezi. Published by Faber & Faber.
Akwaeke Emezi

4 months ago

Has your school library got Pet by Akwaeke Emezi? Published by Faber & Faber.
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