Samuel Kọ́láwọlé’s debut novel, The Road to Salt Sea, is forthcoming from Amistad/Harper Collins. He was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. His work has appeared in AGNIGulf CoastWashington Square Review, and Consequence amongst other literary journals and is forthcoming from Harvard Review.

His fiction has been supported with fellowships, residencies, and scholarships from the Norman Mailer Center, International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, Clarion West Writers Workshop, Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, California, and Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. He was a finalist for the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, shortlisted for UK’s The First Novel Prize in 2019, and won a 2019 Editor-Writer Mentorship Program for Diverse Writers.

Samuel has taught creative writing in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. He is the Founder and Director of Writers’ Studio, Nigeria’s flagship creative writing school.

Kọ́láwọlé studied at the University of Ibadan and holds a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing with distinction from Rhodes University, South Africa. He received an MFA in Writing & Publishing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and he is studying towards a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Georgia State University. Kọ́láwọlé lives in Atlanta.


MFA - Writing & Publishing | VCFA

MA - Creative Writing | Rhodes University

BEd - Library, Archival & Information Studies | University of Ibadan

Diploma - Library, Archival & Information Studies | University of Ibadan

Ellen Lesser

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Miciah Bay Gault

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Natasha Sajé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry/CNF]

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

SJ Sindu

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF/hybrid forms]

Richard Jackson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]