Chris Abani

Chris Abani is an acclaimed novelist and poet. His most recent books are The Secret History of Las Vegas, The Face: Cartography of the Void, and Sanctificum. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, an Edgar Award, a USA Artists Fellowship, the PEN Beyond Margins Award, a Prince Claus Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Born in Nigeria, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.

Awards and Honors

PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award

Prince Claus Award

California Book Award

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

PEN Beyond Margins Award

PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Edgar Award

Lannon Literary Fellowship

USA Artists Fellowship