Uche Okonkwo

Uche Okonkwo has an MFA in Fiction from Virginia Tech, and a master’s in Creative Writing from University of Manchester. Her stories have been published in One Story, Ploughshares, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Lagos Noir, and Ellipsis. She was the 2019 Bernard O’Keefe Scholar at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and a 2017 resident at Writers Omi. She is currently the George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy (2020-2021). She is working on her first short story collection.

“It occurred to me then that Kemi was unlike any person I knew. I’d never known anyone to trick a pastor like that, and have him not see through it; never had anyone sneak into my bed without warning and steal my sleep, disappearing by morning and causing me to doubt the verity of the memory.”