Samuel Koláwolé was born and raised in Nigeria. His work has appeared in AGNI, Georgia Review, Hopkins Review, Gulf Coast, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Norman Mailer Centre, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Columbus State University's Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, Clarion West Writers Workshop, Wellstone Centre in the Redwoods California, and Island Institute. He teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and will be joining the Creative Writing faculty of Penn State University as an Assistant Professor of Fiction in the fall. His novel is forthcoming from Amistad/HarperCollins.