|Born||Port Harcourt, Nigeria|
|Occupation||novelist, short story writer|
|Notable works||Happiness, Like Water|
She was educated at Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has published short stories in publications including Granta, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Conjunctions, Subtropics and The Coffin Factory, and has held fellowships or visiting professorships at The University of Iowa, Colgate University and Purdue University. Her essays have appeared in Granta, AGNI, The Story Prize blog, and the University of Iowa International Writing Program blog.
Her debut short story collection, Happiness, Like Water was longlisted for the 2013 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, shortlisted for the 2014 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. She has been nominated for a United States Artists Fellowship and was a finalist for the 2014 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in Literature. Other honors include the 2013 Society of Midland Authors Award (finalist), the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing (finalist), and a 2014 O. Henry Award.
Her debut novel, Under the Udala Trees, is slated for future publication.
- "Chinelo Okparanta: Champion of the Stifled". The Daily Beast, August 19, 2013.
- "Religion, The Bible, and Personal Morality: An Interview with Chinelo Okparanta". The Iowa Review, 2013.
- "How She Left: ‘Happiness, Like Water,’ by Chinelo Okparanta". The New York Times Book Review, September 15, 2013.
- "Lambda Awards honor best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books". Washington Post, June 2, 2014.
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