Samuel Kolawole was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. He has contributed fiction and non-fiction to journals and anthologies within and outside the continent of Africa. He is the author of the short story collection The Book of M (Serendipity Books, Nigeria, 2011)
Samuel has received grants and fellowships from Prince Claus fund for Culture and Development, the Norman Mailer Centre, Wellstone Centre in the Redwoods, Edward F. Albee Foundation/William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Centre, International Writing Program, University of Iowa and Island Institute, Sitika, Alaska. He is a graduate of the noted Clarion West Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers program, USA.
Samuel is the founder and Director of Writers’ Studio, Nigeria’s flagship creative writing school which has trained over one hundred Nigerian writers and is now spreading throughout the African continent. In 2014, he served as the head judge for the Short Story Day Africa Contest with the theme; Terra Incognita: African Speculative Fiction. He is currently working on a collection of stories and a novel.