Tolu Daniel

Tolu Daniel is a Nigerian writer and editor. He is an MFA Creative Writing graduate from Washington University in St Louis. He attended Kansas State University where he was awarded the Seaton Fellowship, the Popkins Scholarship, Peggy & Gary Edwards Scholarship and the Popkins Scholarship for Creative Writing. He is the curator of Ellipsis, a newsletter featuring diasporic voices on Culture, Migration, Displacement, & Literature via Personal Essays & Interviews.

He won the 2022 Creative Nonfiction Award in the annual Graduate Creative Writing Award at Kansas State University for his essay “After the Arrest.” His essays and short stories have appeared on Catapult.co, Olongo Africa, The Nasiona Magazine, Lolwe, Prachya Review, Elsewhere Literary Journal, and a few other places. He was longlisted for the 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction. 

He is currently an PhD Student at Washington University in St Louis.

“I think of beauty as an absolute necessity. I don’t think it’s a privilege or an indulgence, it’s not even a quest. I think it’s almost like knowledge, which is to say, it’s what we were born for.” – Toni Morrison