DEJI BRYCE OLUKOTUN graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town, where he was taught by South African writers André Brink, Mike Nicol, Andre Wiesner, and Henrietta Rose-Innes. He also holds degrees from Yale College and Stanford Law School.
His novel Nigerians in Space, a thriller about brain drain from Africa, was published by Unnamed Press in 2014. 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.
His 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.