Brian Gyamfi


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BRIAN GYAMFI is a Ghanaian American writer from Arlington, Texas. Much of his work explores collective identity, the convergence of Western religion and African spirituality, and the impact of the ecosystem on traditional norms, politics, and religion in pre-and post-colonial African history. He was named a Benjamin Gilman Scholar in 2018 and a McNair Scholar in 2019. In 2020 Gyamfi received the University of Texas at Austin’s Student Writing Flag Award, and in 2022 he was awarded the Hopwood Graduate Poetry Award, the Michael R. Gutterman Award, the Helen S. and John Wagner Prize, and a finalist for the Oxford Poetry Prize and the Poetry International Prize. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from UT Austin and is currently a Rackham Merit Scholar at the University of Michigan, where he teaches academic composition and creative writing.