Chris Abani

Areas of Specialization:

Professor Abani specializes in poetry, creative writing, African and Caribbean postcolonial literature, British and American twentieth century literature, gender studies, jazz and West African music.

Select Accomplishments:

Professor Abani is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in fiction, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.