Igoni Barrett is the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Al Jazeera English, Electric Literature, Tank magazine, The Africa Report, and the Bloomsbury anthology Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara. He is the author of two short-story collections and the novel Blackass. From 2007 to 2009 he was the managing editor of the now-defunct Nigerian literary magazine Farafina. He was also the founding organizer of BookJam, a monthly reading series that ran in Lagos, Nigeria, where he lives.