Chigozie Obioma is the author of The Fishermen, which was a finalist for the Man Booker prize 2015, and a winner of four other awards, including an NAACP Image award, the FT/Oppenheimer prize for fiction, and several nominations. The novel, which is being translated in 26 languages, is also being adapted into a stage play. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Influential People of the year in 2015. He has lived in Cyprus, Turkey and now the United States where he is a professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and in Nigeria where he is running a number of projects.
The Aspen Words Writer in Residence program offers writers an opportunity to spend one month in Woody Creek, CO to focus on current writing projects. The residency provides a space for authors to nourish their craft, giving them time to write, meet Aspen Words members, and convene with other authors. A monthly reading and talk event will be held for each resident author, among other special appearances by the writer to valley schools and private Aspen Words member functions.