Nigerian writer Teju Cole Joins Havard

Award winning writer, Teju Cole has joined Harvard University’s Department of English as the ‘Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing’. Although the university is yet to give an official announcement, the information is on Harvard’s Website, on a page that has been created for him, as well as on his own website.

Teju Cole is a writer, photographer, and art historian based in Lagos and Brooklyn. He is the author, most recently, of Blind Spot (2017), a book devoted to his photography. He has also written works of fiction: Open City (2011) and Every Day is for the Thief (2007/ 2014), and the essay collection Known and Strange Things (2016),each described on a column on the left on his page on Harvard’s website. He has received numerous recognitions for his work, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award, the Windham Campbell Prize, and the Internationaler Literaturpreis.

This is his second time as a faculty member in a university. He was, until this year, the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Teju’s new Harvard page lists his academic qualifications: a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1996; a M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2000; and a M. Phil. from Columbia University in 2006.

For now, the website has his office hours designated by appointment alongside interests which include Fiction writing. Literary Criticism. Photography Criticism.

Teju Cole is also a photography critic of The New York Times Magazine. An avid street photographer, he is currently at work on a non-fiction narrative of Lagos.