Freda Epum (FREE-DUH EYY-POOM) is a Nigerian-American writer and artist from Tucson, AZ. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Entropy, Bending Genres, Cosmonauts Avenue, Heavy Feather Review, Nat.Brut, Third Coast, Atticus Review, Rogue Agent, and the 2020 Bending Genres Anthology. She received her MFA from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Her work has been supported by Lambda Literary, the Tin House Writers Workshop, Voices of Our Nation/VONA, the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center at Tower View residency, and the Jordan Goodman Prize.
She is the author of two chapbooks, Input/Output (Tanline Printing) with Amanda Beekhiuzen-Williams and Entryways into memories that might assemble me(selected for the Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Prize by Lacy M. Johnson).
She has co-authored the Black American Tree Project, a participatory performative history lesson which has had over 500 participants for international and national conferences and nonprofits. This project has recently received support from the Ohio Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
She is at work on THE GLOOMY GIRL VARIETY SHOW (forthcoming, Feminist Press), a memoir on race, illness, and belonging. She lives in Cincinnati and is represented by Reiko Davis of DeFiore & Company.
Entryways into memories that might assemble me, is out now.*
*Under "Which issue?" Please enter "Freda Epum Chapbook."