God’s Children Are Little Broken Things
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. ET Midtown Reader, 1123 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32303
On Wednesday, June 22, join Arinze Ifeakandu for a reading and conversation in person at Midtown Reader, in partnership with Florida State University, to celebrate the launch of his debut story collection, God's Children Are Little Broken Things, from A Public Space Books. Moderated by Gbenga Adesina, author of Painter of Water.
This event will be held in-person at Midtown Reader.
was born in Kano, Nigeria, in 1995. An AKO Caine Prize for African Writing finalist and A Public Space Writing Fellow, he is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in A Public Space, Guernica, the Kenyon Review, One Story, and Redemption Song and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2018. God’s Children Are Little Broken Things (A Public Space) is his first book. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
is a Nigerian poet and essayist, and the author of Painter of Water, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the New Generation African Poets series. His work centers intimacy as a form of inquiry, and the sea as archive and brutal border around which orbits the questions of empire, migration, and exile. He was a Goldwater Fellow at NYU, where he received his MFA. He was the 2020 Olive B. O'Connor Fellow at Colgate University. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Harvard Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day, and the New York Times. He was the winner of the 2020 Narrative Prize.
God's Children Are Little Broken Things
In nine exhilarating stories of queer love in contemporary Nigeria, God’s Children Are Little Broken Things announces the arrival of a daring new voice in fiction. A man revisits the university campus where he lost his first love, aware now of what he couldn’t understand then. A young musician rises to fame at the price of pieces of himself, and the man who loves him. Arinze Ifeakandu explores with tenderness and grace the fundamental question of the heart: can deep love and hope be sustained in spite of the dominant expectations of society, and great adversity.