DEJI BRYCE OLUKOTUN is the author of two novels and his fiction has appeared in three different book collections. His novel Nigerians in Space, a thriller about brain drain from Africa, was published by Unnamed Press in 2014.
Forthcoming in 2017
• The sequel to Nigerians in Space, After the Flare, will be published in September 2017 by Unnamed Press.
• The short story The Levellers will be published in the collection Dystopia, by O/R Books.
• The essay Equity in Space will be published in the collection Space Futures, by the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State and NASA.
Deji graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town. He also holds degrees from Yale College and Stanford Law School.
His short story We Are the Olfanauts was published in the fiction collection Watchlist: 32 Short Stories by Persons of Interest in 2015 (O/R Books) and in 2016 (Catapult Books). His work is also featured in the 2016 science fiction collection Invaders: 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature (Tachyon) alongside authors Junot Diaz and Jonathan Lethem. This short story, which described a world dominated by scented social media, led to Olukotun being selected as a judge for the Art and Olfaction perfumery contest in 2016.
Deji's work has been featured in Electric Literature, Quartz, Vice, Slate, GigaOm, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, Guernica, The Millions, World Literature Today, ESPN, Chimurenga, Global Voices, Joyland, Words Without Borders, Alternet, Huffington Post, PEN America, The London Magazine, Molussus, and Men’s Health. In 2013, he served as a juror for the Neustadt Festival of International Literature.
Deji is an attorney with a background in human rights and technology. He has traveled to over 25 countries and offers deep work experience in South Africa, Myanmar, and Haiti. He currently works at the digital rights organization Access Now, where he drives campaigns fighting internet shutdowns and online censorship. Before that, he fought for free expression and the defense of writers around the world at PEN American Center with support from the Ford Foundation.
Deji writes because he has to.