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Chris Abani at the University of Vermont

On Wednesday April 19, Chris Abani, author of The Face: Cartography of the Void, will appear at the University of Vermont for an event entitled "Self and Others: Literature and Empathy." The event will be free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the English Department, the Office of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program.

Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria, an MA in English, Gender, and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001.

His fiction includes The Secret History of Las VegasSong For NightThe Virgin of FlamesBecoming AbigailGraceLand, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are SanctificumThere Are No Names for RedFeed Me The Sun: Collected Long PoemsHands Washing WaterDog WomanDaphne’s Lot, and Kalakuta Republic. He is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize, and a Guggenheim Award.