Episode 19: Koyé Oyedeji | Warren Wilson College

Koyé Oyedeji wears glasses, a beanie, and a black sweatshirt. His hand rests near his chin.

A low-residency MFA program helped Koyé Oyedeji of Warren Wilson College develop the discipline to work full-time while writing his composite novel. He and Jared discuss the ins and outs of the low-res experience, as well as how being a British person of Nigerian descent living in the United States inspires Koyé to write about Black relationships through the lens of identity and class.

Koyé Oyedeji’s writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, Wasafiri (UK), The Good Journal (UK) and elsewhere. He has contributed to a number of anthologies, received scholarships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and has also previously attended the VONA and Callaloo writing workshops. He is currently a Holden Scholar in the Warren Wilson MFA program, where he just entered his final semester. He lives in Washington, DC and is currently at work on a composite novel.

Mentions:

· Montré Aza Missouri, Associate Professor, Howard University
· Sula by Toni Morrison
· Fences by August Wilson
· Bacon’s Rebellion
· Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Congresswoman from New York
· Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont
· Colin Kaepernick, civil rights activist, professional football player
· Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
· Christopher Castellani, faculty, Warren Wilson
· Laura van den Berg, faculty, Warren Wilson
· Ellen Bryant Voigt, poet, founder of Warren Wilson’s MFA
· Samantha Hunt, writer, alumna (fiction '99), Warren Wilson
· A. Van Jordan, alumnus (poetry '98), faculty, Warren Wilson
· Debra Allbery, Director, Warren Wilson MFA
· Charles Baxter, faculty, Warren Wilson
· David Haynes, faculty, Warren Wilson
· Lesley Nneka Arimah, faculty, Warren Wilson
· Peter Orner, faculty, Warren Wilson
· Reginald Gibbons, faculty, Warren Wilson

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