Gbenga Adesina

Gbenga Adesina, winner of the 2020 Narrative Prize, is a Nigerian writer and the author of the chapbook Painter of Water, a haunting meditation on intimacy in the face of historical violence, published in the New Generation African Poets series by the University of Nebraska and Akashic Books. He was a Goldwater Fellow at NYU, where he received his MFA, and the 2019-2020 Olive B. O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University, where he taught a poetry course called “Song of the Human.” His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, the New York Times, Poem-A-Day, and elsewhere.


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