Writer in Residence-Fall Quarter 2009

chris abani

Chris Abani
Visiting Writer in Residence Fall Quarter 2009

Chris Abani taught Writing 301, The Art of Fiction

A native of Nigeria, Abani is the author of The Virgin of Flames, GraceLandMasters of the Board and Becoming Abigail, and four collections of poetry. He has received the  2009 Guggenheim in Fiction, PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.

Dave Eggers, author of  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize said, “If you want to get at the molten heart of contemporary fiction, Abani is the starting point.”