francesca ekwuyasi is a learner, storyteller, and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work has explored themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging.
francesca's debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread, was longlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize, was a finalist for CBC's 2021 Canada Reads, the 2021 Lambda Literary Award, the 2021 Governor General's Award, the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and the 2021 ReLit Award. Butter Honey Pig Bread was recently longlisted for the 2022 Dublin Literary Award.
Her writing has been published in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, the Malahat Review, Visual Art News, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, GUTS magazine, the Puritan, Canadian Art, and elsewhere. Her story Ọrun is Heaven was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize.
francesca has created several experimental short films, with screenings at Black Film Festival in Montreal, Halifax, and Toronto; Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF); Nocturne Halifax; and the Khyber Centre for the Arts.