francesca ekwuyasi, a mentor in the MFA Fiction program, is a learner, artist, and storyteller born in Lagos, Nigeria.
Her work has explored themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging.
She was awarded the Writers Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers in 2022 for her debut novel Butter Honey Pig Bread (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020). Butter Honey Pig Bread was also shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Dublin Literary Award.
CBC’s Canada Reads: Canada’s Annual Battle of the Books selected Butter Honey Pig Bread as one of five contenders in 2021 for “the one book that all of Canada should read.” Championed by Roger Mooking, the book made it to the grand finale, where it placed second.