Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and moved with her family to the US at the age of ten.
She received her BSc from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her stories have been featured in The New Yorker and Granta. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Three writers interested in the intersection between fiction and politics
Alexander Lecture Theatre
Perth Writers Festival Blog
Wednesday 22 February
Nigerian-American author Chinelo Okparanta’s writing is both dark and deeply beautiful, and a potent voice for LGBQTI people. Her debut novel Under the Udala Trees, a gay woman’s coming of age story set against the backdrop of the Nigerian civil war, has received plenty of praise from the critics and has been called ‘a brave novel seeking to challenge prejudice.’