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Lanre Akinsiku

Fiction Writer

Lanre Akinsiku

Educational Background

Cornell University, MFA
University of California, Berkeley, BA



Lanre grew up in the Bay Area and received a BA in International Political Economy from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell. Before coming to Cornell, he worked as a political consultant, high school teacher, travel writer and deliveryman. He nonfiction essays have been published in Zócalo Public Square, The Washington Post and Gawker. Justin and Janae, titles in Akinsiku’s Blacktop series, were selected by the New York Public Library for its list of the top books of 2016.

Research Focus

Thesis: Before We Crossed Over


  • English