Discipline: Literature – fiction

Osahon Ize-Iyamu

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Benin City, NIGERIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Osahon Ize-Iyamu is a Nigerian writer of fiction who explores the intersection of fear, faith, and the fantastical. He is an alumnus of the Iowa Writers Institute pre-program, the Alpha Young Writers workshop, and is an Octavia Butler scholar at the Clarion Writer’s Workshop. Ize-Iyamu has published in magazines such as the Rumpus, Strange Horizons, and Lightspeed Magazine.

At MacDowell, he made significant progress on his debut short-story collection, which explores the lives of residents of Southern Nigeria who struggle to exercise their personal autonomy.



Osahon Ize-Iyamu worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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