Abani, Chris

About Chris Abani

Biography (Poetry Foundation)



Theroux, Marcel. "Unreconciled." The New York Times, 24 Jan. 2014

Trilling, Daniel. "You're Never Too Young to Kill." The Guardian, 7 Sep. 2008

Olssen, Karen. "The Recycled City." The New York Times, 28 Jan. 2007

"GraceLand." Kirkus Reviews, 1 Feb. 2004

Randol, Shaun. "Chris Abani's GraceLand." The Mantle, undated



Roensch, Bob, and Mary B. Gray. "'If I Strip Away Everything, What Is Left?' A Conversation with Chris Abani." World Literature Today, vol. 92, no. 4, 2018

Wabuke, Hope. "Chris Abani: 'The Middle-Class View of Africa Is a Problem'." The Guardian, 27 Jul. 2016

Goyal, Yogita. "A Deep Humanness, a Deep Grace: Interview with Chris Abani." Research in African Literatures, vol 45, no. 3, 2014



Durrant, Sam. "Creaturely Mimesis: Life after Necropolitics in Chris Abani's Song for Night." Research in African Literatures, vol. 49, no. 3, 2018

Hodapp, James M. "The Postcolonial Ecopolitics of Consumption: Reimagining the Kola Nut in Chris Abani’s GraceLand." Critical Arts, vol. 32, no. 2, 2018

Mattheis, Lena. "A Brief Inventory of Translocal Narratability: Pamlipsestuous Street Art in Chris Abani's The Virgin of Flames." Narrative, vol. 26, no. 3,  2018

Munro, Brenna. "Locating 'Queer' in Contemporary Writing of Love and War in Nigeria." Research in African Literatures, vol. 16, no. 47, 2016

Dunton, Chris. "The Thrust of the City." Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis, Sandten and Bauer (eds.), 2016

Balkan, Stacey. "Rogues in the Postcolony: Chris Abani's GraceLand and the Petro-Picaresque." Global South, vol. 9, no. 2, 2015

Hall, Susan L. "The Uncanny Sacrifice: Sex Trafficking in Chris Abani's Becoming Abigail." Critique, vol. 56, no. 1, 2015

Dalley, Hamish. The Postcolonial Historical Novel, 2014

Ojaruega, Enajite E. "Outgoing and Incoming Africans." Matatu, no. 45, 2014

Schultheis Moore, Alexandra, and Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg. "'Let Us Begin with a Smaller Gesture'." ARIEL, vol. 45, no. 4, 2014

Salgado, Minoli. "Vanishing Points/Visible Fictions." Textual Practice, vol. 27, no. 2, 2013

Dannenberg, Hilary. "Narrating the Postcolonial Metropolis in Anglophone African Fiction: Chris Abani's GraceLand and Phaswane Mpe's Welcome to Our Hillbrow." Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 48, no. 1,  2012




The Secret History of Las Vegas (2014)

The Virgin of Flames (2007)

GraceLand (2005)

Masters of the Board (1985)


Poetry Collections

Sanctificum (2010)

Feed Me the Sun (2010)

There are no Names for Red (2010)

Hands Washing Water (2006)

Dog Woman (2004)

Daphne's Lot (2003)

Kalakuta Republic (2001)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

The Face (2014)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Chris Abani Talks on the Stories of Africa. YouTube, 9 Aug. 2007

Chris Abani Talks on the Global Igbo. YouTube, 14 Nov. 2015

Chris Abani Reads His Four Poems "A Letter to Robert Pinsky", "Patterns", "Revenant 4" and "Changing Times". YouTube, 15 Dec. 2009

Chris Abani Reads His Three Poems "Geography Lessons", "The New Religion" and "History, #1". YouTube, 10 Mar. 2009

Chris Abani Talks about Humanity. YouTube, 22 Jul. 2008