Chinelo Okparanta

Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta is the author of the story collection Happiness, Like Water and the novel Under the Udala Trees. Her honors include an O. Henry Prize, a Lambda Award, and finalist selections for the Young Lions, the Caine Prize, and the Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative. Her stories have appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, and Tin House, among others.

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