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Official Bio:

Kanyinsola Olorunnisola is an experimental poet, essayist, and writer of fiction. His work has appeared in Popula, Jalada, Gertrude, Bakwa, The Account, Bodega, Kalahari Review, On the Seawall, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the 2016 Albert Jungers Poetry Prize, the 2017 Fisayo Soyombo National Essay Prize and the 2020 K&L Prize for African Literature. He was a finalist for the 2020-2021 Glass Chapbook Series Contest, the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, and the 2020 SLF Diverse Writers/Diverse Worlds Grant. He earned an Honorable Mention for the 2020 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and was longlisted for the 2020 Toyin Falola Prize and the 2019 Short Story Day Africa Prize. He has published a chapbook, “In My Country, We’re All Crossdressers” (Praxis, 2018). He is currently working on a full-length poetry collection and a fantasy novel.

Full-Text Bio:

Kanyinsola Olorunnisola is a poet, essayist and writer of fiction. He was born and raised in Ibadan, a historic city in the south-west of Nigeria.

He is the founder of SprinNG, a literary movement dedicated to amplifying the voices and nurturing the talents of young Nigerian writers while providing them opportunities for growth and recognition. SprinNG curates the Nigerian Writers Database, and is the organizer of the SprinNG Fellowship, the SprinNG Annual Poetry Contest, and th SprinNG Women Author’s Prize [SWAP]. SprinNG is also the publisher of the Afropoetry Anthology series.

In 2018, he started the social justice project, Nation of Mad Men which features interviews, reviews and essays exploring human rights and socio-political inequality in Nigeria. Also in 2018, he published “The Road Before the Fourth Estate: A Guide to Becoming the Ultimate Campus Journalist”, which he co-authored with mainstream journalist ‘Kunle Adebajo, weeks after both left the university. In the same year, he published his first poetry collection, the racially-charged “In My Country, We’re All Crossdressers”, an e-chapbook courtesy of Praxis Magazine.

His career in journalism began at the University of Ibadan, from which he bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He had a well-decorated four-year career as a campus journalist at UI, which  culminated in being a two-time nominee for the University of Ibadan’s Fifteen Outstanding Personalities Award.

He is the recipient of the 2016 Albert Jungers Poetry Prize, the 2017 Fisayo Soyombo National Essay Prize and the 2020 K&L Prize for African Literature. He was a finalist for the 2020-2021 Glass Chapbook Series Contest, the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, and the 2020 SLF Diverse Writers/Diverse Worlds Grant. He earned an Honorable Mention for the 2020 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and was longlisted for the 2020 Toyin Falola Prize and the 2019 Short Story Day Africa Prize.

He currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria where he continues to practice journalism and public relations.

Because he has taste, he loves Game of Thrones (if the final season were to be erased from existence), Chimamanda Adichie, FC Barcelona and Beyoncé.

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Olise Kenneth says:

    Please i need the contact of Kanyinsola Olorunnisola
    I am Ph,D Student at Babcock University. I am writing a term paper on International remittances and Human Development in Nigeria.

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