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Pop-up: Olufunke Grace Bankole

Thu, November 5 from 1:30 pm - 1:50 pm PST
#PDXBookFest

Free

Portland-based writer Olufunke Grace Bankole shares a selection of readings in this event filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

Bankole was awarded a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship, and is currently working on a book exploring familial relationships and centered around the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria.

Catch this reading on Literary Arts’ Instagram Stories on November 5th, or stream it anytime at PDXBookFest.org.


The pop-up readings are a partnership between the Portland Book Festival and the Portland Art Museum where Festival authors are thematically paired with artworks in the Museum. A celebration of creatives, the pop-ups highlight the intersections of visual art and the written word. For her pop-up reading, Bankole was paired with For the Love by Isaka Shamsud-Din, in PAM’s Northwest Art collection.

Olufunke Grace Bankole

Olufunke Grace Bankole, a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellow, is a first-generation American of Nigerian parentage. After graduating from Harvard Law School, and completing a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship, she left law to write. Her works have appeared in ​Glimmer Train Stories, Michigan Quarterly Review, New Letters, ​and​ AGNI ​among others. She won the Glimmer Train Short-Story Award for New Writers, and the Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholarship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She was also awarded a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a residency-fellowship from the Anderson Center. Olufunke is near completing a novel-in-stories depicting how secrets, lies, and prophecies upend the lives of a Nigerian mother and daughter.
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