Helon Habila

Helon Habila is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University. He studied at the University of Jos, Nigeria and worked as a journalist in Lagos before obtaining a writing fellowship at the University of East Anglia in 2002. In 2001 his short story, “Love Poems” won the Caine Prize. Waiting for an Angel (2002) won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel (Africa Section). In 2005-2006 Habila was the first Chinua Achebe Fellow at Bard College, New York. His other works include Measuring Time (2007) and Oil on Water (2010). In 2011 Habila edited The Granta Book of the African Short Story. Habila has been a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review since 2004, and is a regular reviewer for the Guardian, UK. He is the 2015 winner of Yale University’s Windham-Campbell prize for fiction. He lives in Virginia with his wife and three children.


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