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Five Questions for Lesley Nneka Arimah

“What I like about magical realism is that it throws our realism into stark relief.”

When I found out that Lesley Nneka Arimah was shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story in , “What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,” I knew that I would want to get in touch with her and ask her some questions about her writing. Born in the UK but based in Minnesota, Lesley Nneka Arimah has been published in , , . Besides being a Kimbilio Fellow, Arimah has received grants and awards from the Commonwealth Foundation, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and others. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, she has a short story collection and novel forthcoming from Riverhead Books.

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