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E. C. Osondu

E. C. Osondu

E. C. Osondu was born in Nigeria, where he worked for many years as an advertising copywriter. Winner of the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing, he is the author of a novel, This House Is Not For Sale (Harper, 2015), and two story collections: Alien Stories (BOA Editions, forthcoming 2021), winner of the BOA Short Fiction Prize, and Voice of America (Harper, 2010). His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Guernica, AGNI, and elsewhere. With William Pierce, he co-edited The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where he was a Syracuse University Fellow. He is associate professor of English at Providence College in Rhode Island and a contributing editor of AGNI. (updated 9/2019)

Osondu’s first two published stories appeared in AGNI: “A Letter from Home” was named one of the Top Ten Online Stories of 2006 by storySouth, and “Jimmy Carter’s Eyes” was a finalist for the Caine Prize. Read a conversation between Osondu and Pierce at Critical Flame.


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