VIRTUAL: Climate Fiction: African-Diaspora Ecology

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


Climate fiction is gaining popularity in African literature among indigenous African writers and those who reside in the diaspora. As a genre, this event aims to shed light and explore how the works of various writers engage with pressing ecological problems in Africa or the diaspora. To accomplish this, writers will have the opportunity to read either an excerpt of a long work or a short work. After which, there will be a panelist discussion facilitated by an appointed moderator.

This virtual event was pre-recorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 2024_AWP_Agenda.pdf



Linda N. Masi is the author of the novel Fine Dreams, winner of the Juniper Prize for fiction. Some of her other work appear in Tupelo Quarterly, BlackBerry: A Magazine, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi and is completing a PhD at Texas Tech University.

Osahon Ize-Iyamu is a Nigerian writer of fiction that explores the effect of environmental degradation in Nigeria. His story “More Sea than Tar,” which highlights the flooding crisis in Nigeria, has been included in educational materials globally. He has also spoken at Berlin’s 2022 Climate Cultures Festival.

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is an African speculative fiction writer, editor, and publisher from Nigeria. He has won the Nebula, as well as the Nommo, British and World Fantasy awards. He has also been a finalist in the Hugo, Locus, Sturgeon, British Science Fiction and NAACP Image awards.

Author Aya de León teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley. She is acquiring editor at Fighting Chance Books, seeking climate justice fiction. She produced the online conference Black Literature vs. the Climate Emergency, (available on YouTube) and works on climate with the Movement for Black Lives.

Bibiana O. Ossai, a Nigerian born writer, is the winner of the Equinox Journal 2019 Poetry Contest and a recipient of the Marilyn Boutwell Creative Writing Award from Long Island University's humanities department. Her works appear in The River, Book Smuggler's Den, Refractions.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center