Arinze Ifeakandu to Feature in A Public Space’s Short Story Month Conversation

The event, to be moderated by the magazine editor Megan Cummins, will also have Sara Majka and Ada Zhang.
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Arinze Ifeakandu by Santiago Sanchez.

Arinze Ifeakandu by Santiago Sanchez.

The American literary magazine A Public Space is organizing an evening of short story readings and conversation. Scheduled for May 27, the event will feature writers affiliated to A Public Space Books, the magazine’s publishing arm.

They include the Nigerian writer Arinze Ifeakandu, an alumnus of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he won the 2018 Richard Yates Short Story Contest. For his story “God’s Children Are Little Broken Things,” he was shortlisted for The Caine Prize in 2017 and was a 2015 A Public Space Emerging Writer Fellow. It is the title story of his debut collection of stories forthcoming in 2022 (which we did a spotlight feature on).

The two other featured writers are Sara Majka and Ada Zhang. Majka’s story collection Cities I’ve Never Lived was published by Graywolf Press/A Public Space Books. She lives in Providence where she teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Zhang is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Sorrows of Others is her debut collection and is forthcoming from A Public Space Books in spring 2023.

The event will be moderated by Megan Cummins, who is the managing editor of A Public Space and whose first book, If the Body Allows It, was longlisted for the Story Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Story Collection.

Register for the event HERE.

Emmanuel Esomnofu
Emmanuel Esomnofu is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. He is a culture journalist and has written extensively on Nigerian music and on several moving parts of popular culture. His writing appears online in Native Mag, Okay Africa, Kalahari Review, Praxis Magazine, and elsewhere. He was published in print in The Muse, the oldest student journal in West Africa. In December 2020, he worked on "Fuji: A Opera" as a copywriter, creating informative and exciting stories from Fuji's rich history.

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