Samuel Kọ́láwọlé was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, Gulf Coast, Washington Square Review, Consequence, Harvard Review, and The Hopkins Review. Kọ́láwọlé studied at the University of Ibadan and holds an MA in creative writing from Rhodes University, South Africa. A graduate of the MFA program in writing and publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, he returned to VCFA to join the MFA in writing faculty. He is currently working toward his PhD at Georgia State University and has a novel forthcoming from Amistad/Harper Collins.