Umar Turaki, MFA

Sessional Lecturer

Creative Studies, Creative Writing
Office: CCS 348

Research Summary

Creative Writing: Fiction, Nonfiction, Novel, Short Story; Film: Screenwriting, Directing, Producing

Courses & Teaching

CRWR 380: Writing of the Short Story; CRWR 217: Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing: Fiction


Umar Turaki is the author of the literary speculative novel, Such a Beautiful Thing to Behold (Little A, 2022), which was named a best book of the year by the Boston Globe, Brittle Paper, and Open Country Magazine. His writing has been nominated for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Short Story Day Africa Prize. His short films have screened at festivals in Africa and North America, notably the Pan African Film Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, the Zanzibar International Film Festival, and the Africa International Film Festival.



Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, University of British Columbia, 2023

Selected Publications & Presentations


Such a Beautiful Thing to Behold, New York: Little A, 2022. 240 pages; Lagos, Nigeria: Farafina Books, 2023. 300 pages.


“Father’s Land.” Of This Our Country: Acclaimed Nigerian Writers on the Home, Identity, and Culture They Know. eds. Ore Agbaje-Williams and Nancy Adimora. London: The Borough Press, Fall 2021. pp. 19-28.

“Naming.” Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa. ed. Efemia Chela, Bongani Kona and Helen Moffett. South Africa: Short Story Day Africa, January 2017. pp. 67-76.

“The Shapes of Loss.” Selves: An Afro-Anthology of Creative Nonfiction. eds Uzoma Ihejirika and Emmanuel Dairo. Nigeria: Afroanthology Series, 2018. pp. 34-44.

Selected Grants & Awards

Graduate Dean’s Thesis Fellowship, College of Graduate Studies, UBC Okanagan

Finalist, Best Small Fictions, 2018

Shortlist, Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, 2017

Longlist, Short Story Day Africa Prize, 2016


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