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Umar Turaki, MFA
Creative Studies, Creative WritingOffice: CCS 164
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