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Kenechi Uzor

Writer, Editor and Publisher

Me

Kenechi Uzor is the founder and CEO of Iskanchi Press & Mag. He has degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, Creative Writing, and a Certificate in Publishing. He has worked as a book publisher, a journalist, an editor, and a librarian. His writing has been included in anthologies and has appeared in Electric Literature, The Millions, Catapult, Litro Magazine, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Blue Monday Review, Brittle Paper, Afridiaspora, and a few others. He is a 2020 Tin House Scholar, a winner of the 2020 Scowcroft Prose prize, and has received residency and fellowship awards from Ebedi International Residency and the Dee Artists’ Colony. Kenechi Uzor teaches writing at the University of Utah, where he is rounding up his MFA degree in creative writing.

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CV/Resume

EMPLOYMENT

Graduate Instructor, English Department, University of Utah, 2018 – Present

Founder/CEO, Iskanchi Press, US and Canada

EDUCATION

PhD Student, English/Creative Writing, University of South Dakota (in view-2024)

MFA, Creative Writing—Fiction, University of Utah, 2021

BSC, English Literature and Creative Writing, Utah Valley University, 2018

BA, Philosophy, University of Benin, 2009

B O O K S

A Thousand Minarets (novel), in-progress

(Represented by Seren Adams of United Agents)

A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home

(Anthology), Catapult, February 2020

Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, April 2018

Chibok Girl (Children’s book), Grower Literature, May 2015

Christmas in Nigeria: Short Stories from around the Nation, (Anthology), Paressia, 2013

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

FICTION

Litro Magazine (forthcoming): “Chanting After Egrets”

Mount Island Literary Journal (forthcoming): “The Way They Were”

Catapult: (Summer 2018): “Sky Held Up by a Thousand Minarets”

Blue Monday Review Volume 2, Issue 2, (Spring 2015): “My Cousin the Infidel”

NONFICTION

Catapult (Summer 2017): “This Hell Not Mine: On Moving from Nigeria to America”

The Review (Spring 2017): “America: All the lights we do not see”

INTERVIEWS

Electric Literature (2019): “Writing is Always A Political Act” ~Interview of Helon Habila

The Millions (2019): “A Novel 19 Years in the Making”~ Interview of Namwali Serpell

Electric Literature (2019): “A Nigerian American Strives to be A ‘Particular kind of Black Man” Interview of Tope Folarin

Electric Literature (2019): “Is Life Better in the West? ~Interview of Jennifer Makumbi

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Utah English Department

Contemporary Literature

Intermediate Fiction

Intermediate Writing: Academic Writing and Research

Introduction to Creative Writing

Utah Valley University, Writing Center

Writing Tutor

PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE

Founder/CEO, Iskanchi Press ~ Summer 2020 (Publishers of African books in the US and

Canada)

Founding Editor, Iskanchi Magazine ~ Fall 2020 (Magazine of African experimental writing)

General Manager/ Enterprise Editor ~ Farafina Trust/Kachifo Publishers

Co-founder/Publisher, Grower Literature ~ 2015 (Children’s book publishers)

Founding Editor/Publisher, Scribblers Writing ~2014

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE

Editor-in-Chief, Iskanchi Magazine, August 2020- present

Editor-in-Chief, Iskanchi Press, May 2020- present

Deputy-Editor, Isele Magazine, July 2020- present

Editorial staff-prose, Western Humanities Review, August 2018- 2020

Opinion Editor, UVU Review, Utah Valley University’s Student Newspaper (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Editorial Staff, Essais, English Department Academic Journal, Utah Valley University (Fall 2017)

Prose Editor, UVU Touchstones Literary Journal (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Enterprise Editor, Farafina Publishing Ltd, Nigeria (2015-2016)

Web-Editor, Saraba Literary Magazine (2015- 2017)

INVITED TALKS & READINGS

PEN/Faulkner AMPLIFIED, summer writing program, 2020 (Facilitator)

Writers for Migrant Justice SLC, 2019 (Featured Reader)

Utah Arts Festival, 2019, (Featured Presenter)

Working Dog, 2018, 2019, (Featured Reader)

Ake Arts and Book Festival, 2016 (Invited Guest)

SELECTED AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

Winner, Tin House Scholarship Award, 2021

Tin House Scholar, 2020

Winner, Scowcroft Fiction Prize, 2020

Finalist, American Short Fiction Prize, 2020

Dee Arts Fellowship Award, 2019

Nominee, Writing Instructor Excellence Awards, 2020

Nominee, Writing Instructor Excellence Award, 2019

Nominee, Writing Instructor Excellence Award 2018

100 most influential Nigerian writers under 40 – 2015, 2016

Ebedi International Writers Fellowship Award, 2015

TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS

Supernatural Realism; Contemporary American Literature; African Literature; British Literature; Post-Colonial Literature; Literary Publishing; Narrative Theory; Palinode; Mark Twain; Roman Clefs; The Novella; Creative Writing Pedagogy.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Association of Writers and Writing Programs

The Author’s Guild Foundation

PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Community of Literary Awards and Presses

Association of Nigerian Authors

International Society for the Study of Narrative

Modern Language Association

Selected Publications

Events

Rubbish Drafts

Awards/Recognition

Fails/Rejections

Contact

I am represented by Seren Adams of United Agents. You can reach her at: SAdams@unitedagents.co.uk

You can also send me an email: contact@kenechiuzor.com

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