Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, editor, former academic, and literary journalist and blogger. He is deputy editor of the African literary culture platform Brittle Paper. He was born in 1994, and grew up overlooking the streets in Aba, southeastern Nigeria.
Otosirieze’s short stories have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Transition, and in Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality, an anthology of the 2016/17 Gerald Kraak Prize for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden and Michela Wrong. Presently, he is a judge for both the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize.
Otosirieze is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective. 14 has published two volumes, We Are Flowers (Jan. 2017) and The Inward Gaze (Jan. 2018).
Otosirieze has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in English & Literary Studies and History & International Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu for eighteen months.
Otosirieze has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a three-headed leopard of a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency.
In his spare time, Otosirieze meets up with writing and ghostwriting deadlines, and is always, always available for more. He likes taking morning and evening walks. He likes genuine conversations. He follows pop culture, has fancy interests in Surgery, Physics, and fashion. He writes a personal blog, The Coo of a Blue-Plumed Bird, which he suspects may never become a book of essays. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.