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Comments Chinelo Okparanta
2014 O. Henry Award-winning Author

It's a great honor to be included in The O. Henry Prize Stories, which has a long and prestigious history. It is humbling to be a part of that history. I feel encouraged as a writer, and very grateful for the recognition.

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I am working on a novel that is set entirely in Nigeria and touches on the Nigeria-Biafra war.

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Writing for me is a soul cleanser, a morale booster, an exploration of topics that matter to me, an adventure. But the best short stories, I think, are those that stir in their readers a deep sense of empathy, and those are the kind of stories I endeavor to write.

About the Author

Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and moved to the United States at the age of ten. She is the author of Happiness, Like Water, which was long-listed for the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. In addition to being nominated for a United States Artists Fellowship in Literature and short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing, she has served as Provost Postgraduate Visiting Writer in Fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Olive B. O'Connor Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction at Colgate University, and John Gardner Fellow in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, AGNI, Subtropics, and Conjunctions, among others. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Fiction at Purdue University in Indiana.

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