DEJI BRYCE OLUKOTUN is the author of two novels and his fiction has appeared in five different book collections. His novel After the Flare won the 2018 Philip K. Dick special citation award, and was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by The Guardian, The Washington Post,,, Kirkus Reviews, among others. His novel Nigerians in Space, a thriller about brain drain from Africa, was published by Unnamed Press in 2014.  He is currently the Head of Social Impact at the audio technology company Sonos and a Future Tense Fellow at New America.

Book Collections

Other publications
Deji’s work has been featured in Electric Literature, Quartz, Vice, Slate, GigaOm, 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. He has served as a juror for the Neustadt Festival of International Literature and for the Art and Olfaction contest, a global perfumery competition. In 2014, he was an artist-in-residence at the Ace Hotel in New York.

Deji graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town. He also holds degrees from Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Professional background
Deji is an attorney with a background in human rights and technology. He has traveled to 30 countries and offers deep work experience in South Africa, Myanmar, and Haiti. He is currently the Head of Social Impact at the audio technology company Sonos. Before that he drove global campaigns to keep the internet open and free at Access Now, and worked at PEN American Center in the defense of writers around the world, with support from the Ford Foundation.

Deji writes because he has to.