Chris Abani's prose includes Song For Night (Akashic, 2007), The Virgin of Flames (Penguin, 2007), Becoming Abigail (Akashic, 2006), GraceLand (FSG, 2004), and Masters of the Board (Delta, 1985). His poetry collections are Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), There Are No Names for Red (Red Hen Press, 2010), Feed Me The Sun - Collected Long Poems (Peepal Tree Press, 2010) Hands Washing Water (Copper Canyon, 2006), Dog Woman (Red Hen, 2004), Daphne's Lot (Red Hen, 2003), and Kalakuta Republic (Saqi, 2001). He holds a BA in English (Nigeria), an MA in Gender and Culture (Birkbeck College, University of London), an MA in English and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing (University of Southern California). He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and 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 & a Guggenheim Award.
2009 - Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction.
2008 - Winner, PEN Beyond the Margins Award ( Song For Night)
2008 - Finalist, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Song for Night)
2008 - Nominated for Lamada Award (the Virgin of Flames)
2008 - Recipient, Distinguished Humanist Award (UC, Riverside)
2007 - Pushcart Nomination for Sanctificum. (poetry)
2007 - New York Times Editor's Choice (Song for Night)
2007 - Finalist, PEN Beyond the Margins Award (Becoming Abigail)
2007 - A Barnes and Noble Discovery Selection (The Virgin of Flames)
2007 - A New York Times Editor's Choice (The Virgin of Flames)
2007 - A New York Libraries Books For Teens Selection (Becoming Abigail)
2006 - A New York Times Editor's Choice (Becoming Abigail)
2006 - A Chicago Reader Critic's Choice (Becoming Abigail)
2006 - A selection of the Essence Magazine Book Club (Becoming Abigail)
2006 - A selection of the Black Expressions Book Club (Becoming Abigail)
2006 - Pushcart Nomination (poetry) for "A Way To Turn This To Light."
2006 - Finalist for IMPAC Dublin Prize (GraceLand)
2005 - Winner, PEN Hemingway Book Prize. (GraceLand)
2005 - Winner Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction (GraceLand)
2005 - Silver Medal, California Book Award for Fiction. (GraceLand)
2005 - Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. (GraceLand)
2005 - Finalist, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best Books (Africa Region). (GraceLand)
2005 - Pushcart Nomination for "Blooding." StoryQuarterly.
2004 - Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers. (GraceLand)
2004 - New York Times Editor's Choice (GraceLand)
2004 - Nominated for The Kingsley Tufts Prize for Poetry (Dog Woman)
2004 - Nominated for The Griffin Prize in Poetry (Dog Woman)
2003 - Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, USA.
2003 - Hellman/Hammet Grant from Human Rights Watch, USA.
2002 - Imbonge Yesizwe Poetry International Award, South Africa.
2001 - PEN USA West Freedom - to - Write Award, USA.
2001 - Prince Claus Award for Literature & Culture, The Netherlands.
2001 - Middleton Fellowship, University of Southern California, USA.
1983 - Delta Fiction Award, Nigeria. (Masters of the Board).
BA - English (Nigeria), MA - Gender and Culture (London), MA - English (USA), PhD - Literature and Creative Writing (USA).