MFA in Writing & Publishing program announces recipient of 2017 Emerging Writer Scholarship

VCFA has announced that Samuel Kolawole is the recipient of the first-ever Emerging Writer Scholarship for the MFA in Writing & Publishing program. 

KolawoleThe new merit-based scholarship covers tuition for both years of the program, as well as housing on VCFA’s campus. 

Kolawole, a native of Ibadan, Nigeria, is a published author and has contributed fiction and nonfiction works to several journals in Africa and outside the continent. In 2011, he authored the story collection The Book of M (Serendipity Books, Nigeria). 

“I have been an admirer of VCFA for a long time and I look forward to pursuing my degree in this great College. I am also grateful for the generosity,” Kolawole said. 

Kolawole studied at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing with distinction from Rhodes University, South Africa. He has received many awards and fellowships, including an honorary fellowship in Writing from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and writing residencies from Wellstone Centre in the Redwoods Calif., and Island Institute, Alaska. He is also the founder and Director of Writers’ Studio, Nigeria’s flagship creative writing school, which has trained more than 100 Nigerian writers.

“Samuel’s writing falls into a sub-genre he calls African speculative fiction. His work is bold, exhilarating—but delicately crafted, like nothing else in our application pool,” said Miciah Bay Gault, program director for the MFA in Writing & Publishing program. 

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